Aspidistra geastrum

Accepted name Aspidistra geastrum Tillich. Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 319 (-320, 335, 337; fig. 2e-f). (2005).
Distribution Vietnam (Thua Thien)
Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter 7 - 10 mm.

Leaves: solitary [?] to ca. 40 cm; cataphylls red-brown, up to 7 cm long, soon drying; petiole 2 - 10 cm; lamina widely lanceolate, 20 - 30 cm long x 6 - 9 cm wide, base cuneate, somewhat decurrent, uniformly green, relatively thick, midrib notched adaxially, protruding as a sharp keel abaxially.

Peduncle: 0.5 - 1 cm long, with a few small, pale bracts; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: very widely cup-shaped, divided into lobes nearly to base; lobes 8 (- 9), brown-red inside (adaxial surface), green outside (abaxial surface), narrow lineate, divaricate, 20 mm long x 5 mm wide, margins revolute, adaxial surface finely rugose, with two low keels on lower third.

Stamens: 8, at base of tube, filaments 1 mm, anthers ovoid, 2 mm long.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style slender basally (4 - 5 mm) but massively developed at the top into a very thick, dome-shaped stigma 9 mm in diameter, adaxial surface finely rugose, brown-red; ovary indistinct.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers February - March.

2n = ?

Based on Tillich 2005


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