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Aspidistra caespitosa

Accepted name Aspidistra caespitosa C. P'ei. Contrib. Biol. Lab. Sc. Soc. China, Bot. Ser., 12. 101, fig. 4. (1939).
Synonyms  
Distribution China (Sichuan)
Description Rhizome: creeping, diameter ca. 6 mm.

Leaves: 3-tufted, ca. 100 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole ca. 10 - 18 cm; lamina lorate, 40 - 80 cm long x 1 - 2.5 cm wide.

Peduncle: horizontal, sometimes geniculate, 2 - 11 cm long with 4 or 5 bracts; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate, purple or tinged with purple; tube  1.6 - 2 cm long x 1 - 1.2 cm diameter [see notes]; lobes 6, sub-erect, ovate-lanceolate, ca. 10 mm long x 4 mm wide.

Stamens: 6, inserted near base of tube, subsessile.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style basally slender the top developed into a 3-lobed dome-like stigma, 1 - 1.2 cm in diameter; ovary undescribed.

Fruit: berry purple, ovoid, ca. 6 mm in diameter, scabrous.

Phenology: flowers March - April, fruits June - July.

2n = 38

Based on FoC and Li Guangzhao 2004.

References  
Comments The Flora of China description gives the tube diameter equalling the stigma diameter, which is not true.  The drawings below show the tube to be 1.5 - 2 cm in diameter and the stigma ca. 1 cm in diameter.

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