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Aspidistra claviformis

Accepted name Aspidistra claviformis Y. Wan. Bull. Bot. Res. North-East. Forest. Inst., 4(4): 166 (1984).
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Distribution China (W Guangxi)
Description Rhizome: creeping, subterete, diameter 6 - 8 mm, densely covered with scales.

Leaves: solitary, well spaced, to ca. 80 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole (15-) 25 - 50 cm; lamina elliptic, 17.5 - 30 cm long x 5.5 - 8.5 cm wide, apex long acuminate.

Peduncle: erect, 0.9 - 3.5 cm long with 3 - 5 bracts, white, speckled with purple; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: campanulate; tube white sometimes speckled with purple inside, purple outside, 8 - 11 mm long x 6 - 7 mm diameter; lobes 6, strongly reflexed, purple, ovate, 4 - 5 mm long x 3 - 4 mm wide, smooth.

Stamens: 6, inserted towards top of perianth tube, extending to slightly below stigma level, subsessile; anthers oblong, 4.5 - 5.5 mm.

Pistil: club-shaped; style purple, thick, columnar-claviform, 7 - 9 mm long, almost exceeding tube, grooved longitudinally, scarcely enlarged at the top into a slightly concave stigma with revolute margin, stigmatic surface white, 3-lobed and with 3 radial lines; ovary inconspicuous.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers November.

2n = 36

Based on FoC, Li Guangzhao 2004 and Tillich 2005.

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