Aspidistra grandiflora

Accepted name Aspidistra grandiflora H.-J. Tillich. Blumea 52 (2): 341 (2007).
Distribution Vietnam
Description Rhizome: creeping.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 80 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole c. 30 cm; lamina narrowly obovate, ca. 50 cm long x 11 cm wide, basally narrowly cuneate, gradually tapering to petiole, widest in upper third.

Peduncle: ca. 7 cm long, decumbent, with two scales along the axis 20 mm long x 7 mm wide, two ovate-acuminate bracts at the base of the perigone, 25 and 35 mm long; flowers solitary but often appearing in groups of 2 or 3.

Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate; tube depressed urceolate, twice as wide as high, c. 30 mm diameter, lobes (11 or) 12, narrow lineate with wider base, 50 - 60 mm long, whitish and densely purplish mottled, each lobe with basal white appendage with verrucose dark purple margin, appendages protruding horizontally over tube opening similar to an iris diaphragm reducing the opening to 15 - 18 mm.

Stamens: (11 or) 12, anthers subsessile, at periphery of tube base, ovoid, ca. 3 mm long.

Pistil: disc-like; style 3 mm long x 5 mm diameter, stigma disc-shaped, ca. 8 mm thick, the central part white with 5 purple radial ribs, with 22 - 24 peripheral fine teeth; ovary indistinct.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers July [in cultivation].

2n = ?

based on Tillich 2007


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