Accepted name Aspidistra bicolor Tillich. Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 317 (335-337; figs. 1g, 2a-b). (2005). Synonyms Distribution Vietnam (Thai Nguyen) Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter 8 mm.
Leaves: [solitary ?] ca. 65 cm long; cataphylls dark purple, distally greenish, up to 10 cm long; petiole 20 - 30 cm; lamina lanceolate, basally and distally attenuate, decurrent, 25 - 35 cm long × 5 - 8 cm wide, dark green with pale green mottling, mid-vein adaxially narrowly deepened, abaxially a prominent keel with 4 - 5 secondary veins on either side and very fine nerves between them.
Peduncle: 10 - 20 mm long, with 3 - 5 widely ovate, acuminate, pale bracts; flowers solitary.
Perianth [Perigone]: cup-shaped, diameter 25 - 35 mm overall; tube 15 mm long x 12 - 13 mm diameter at widest (but constricted 2 - 3 mm above its base), outside glossy silvery-white, inside blackish purple; lobes 6, ovoid, reflexed, deep blackish purple, 10 - 15 mm long x 5 - 10 mm wide, without keels, basally with 3 - 4 shallow longitudinal grooves, surface finely shrivelled.
Stamens: 6, inserted at the constriction of tube, horizontally spreading, pollen sacs oriented downwards.
Pistil: table-shaped; style slender, 5 - 7 mm long the top developed into a thin, three-armed disc-like stigma, diameter 10 mm, stigmatic surface white; ovary inconspicuous.
Phenology: Flowers October - December.
2n = ?
Based on Tillich 2005
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