Aspidistra carnosa

Accepted name Aspidistra carnosa Tillich. Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 318 (335, 338; fig. 3h). (2005).
Distribution Vietnam (Lam Dong)
Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter 15 - 18 mm.

Leaves: 2 - 4 tufted, ca. 80 cm; cataphylls pale green, their length successively increasing from 1 cm to about 15 cm, soon drying, their fibrous remnants covering the rhizome; petiole absent; lamina linear, 80 cm long x 2 cm wide, uniformly green, midrib sharply protruding abaxially.

Peduncle: 1 cm long, with a few small cataphylls. Flowers solitary or in groups of 2 - 3 [on one peduncle?].

Perianth [Perigone]: tubular, 20 mm long x 20 mm diameter, very fleshy, purple outsides, blackish purple insides; lobes 6, erect, greenish at tips, triangular, 10 mm long x 8 mm wide, with two strong, high keels, each basally fusing with a keel of the adjoining lobe, thus forming a shared structure similar to a paracorolla, furthermore two delicate keels running from central base of lobe downwards to base of tube.

Stamens:  6, positioned at base of tube, filaments 1 mm, anthers ovoid, 2.5 - 3 mm long.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style basally slender (2 mm) developed at the top into a purple conoid stigma, 5 mm long x 7 mm diameter, the stigmatic surface with irregular curly radial crests; ovary indistinct.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers October - May.

2n = ?

Based on Tillich 2005.


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