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Aspidistra fasciaria

Accepted name Aspidistra fasciaria G. Z. Li. Acta Phytotax. Sin., 37(5): 484, fig. 13. (1999). 
Synonyms  
Distribution China (?Guangxi)
Description Rhizome: creeping, terete, covered with scales.

Leaves: solitary, spaced to ca. 60 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole absent; lamina narrowly oblanceolate or lorate-lanceolate, 50 - 60 cm long x 2.5 - 4.5 cm wide, leathery, base gradually narrowed, margin entire, apex acuminate.

Peduncle: 1.8 - 2.5 cm long with 4 - 6 bracts; flower solitary, erect.

Perianth [Perigone]: campanulate, yellow-green, speckled or suffused with purple, 1.5 - 1.6 cm long x 1.5 - 2.5 cm diameter [see notes], fleshy; tube 7 - 8 mm long x 1.2 - 1.5 cm diameter [see notes]; lobes variable in number (6 -) 8 (- 10) dark purple, deltoid-ovate, 7 - 8 mm long x 3 - 4 mm wide, with 4 keels adaxially, papillose.

Stamens: number variable (6 -) 8 (- 10), inserted at base of perianth tube; anthers broadly ovate, ca. 3 mm x 2.5 mm.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style basally columnar (ca. 5 mm long x ca. 4 mm diameter) developed at the top into a convex, peltate stigma ca. 1.3 cm in diameter, the adaxial surface (stigmatic surface) purple-red, superficially irregularly lobed, the lobes with raised margins and emarginate resulting in 6 - 8 (- 10) marginal lobes [see notes]; ovary undescribed.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers June.

2n =?

Based on FoC and K-Y Lang

References  
Comments In the FoC the perianth is given as "15 - 16 x 1.5 - 2.5 mm" and the tube as "7 - 8 x 1.2 - 1.5 mm".  There is obviously something wrong with these dimensions and based on the illustration in K-Y Lang I have corrected them above.

The adaxial surface of the style is obviously irregularly lobed and the coincidence of the number of perigone lobes and stylar lobes is just that, a coincidence.

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