Accepted name Aspidistra cruciformis Y. Wan & X. H. Lu. Guihaia, 7(3): 217, fig. 1. (1987). Synonyms Distribution China (NW Guangxi) Description Rhizome: creeping, subterete, diameter 6 - 12 mm.
Leaves: solitary, to ca. 85 cm; cataphylls undescribed, petiole 30 - 50 cm; lamina green with yellowish white spots, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 25 - 35 cm long x 6 - 9 cm wide.
Scape: 0.6 - 1.5 cm long with 2 or 3 bracts; flowers solitary.
Perianth [Perigone]: subcampanulate, dark purple; tube 1.4 - 1.6 cm long x 1.1 - 1.4 cm diameter, papillose inside; lobes 8, slightly recurved, oblong to deltoid, 5 - 6.5 mm long x 4 - 5 mm wide, adaxially papillose.
Stamens: 8, inserted proximally in perianth tube; filaments ca. 1.5 mm; anthers ovate, ca. 2 mm.
Pistil: table-shaped; style basally a slender column (diameter ca. 5 mm) developed at the top into a thin, flat, peltate stigma, 1.2 - 1.4 cm in diameter, more or less filling the tube, 4-lobed or cross-shaped when viewed from above, the lobes emarginate, adaxially with a central boss (the stigmatic surface?) from which radiate 4 broad lines; ovary undescribed.
Fruit: berry subglobose, ca. 7 mm in diameter, scabrous.
Phenology: flowers September.
2n = 38
Based on FoC, and Li Guangzhao 2004.
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