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Aspidistra hekouensis

Accepted name Aspidistra hekouensis H. Li, C. L. Long & Bogner. Sendtnera 5: 15, fig. 1. (1998).
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Distribution China (SE Yunnan)
Description Rhizome: creeping, 6 - 13 mm in diameter.

Leaves: 2 - 4-tufted to ca. 40 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 10 - 18 cm; lamina dark green with pale green or yellowish spots, elliptic, 12 - 22 cm long x 8 - 12.5 cm wide, leathery, base attenuate to obtuse and decurrent at petiole, apex cuspidate.

Scape: 34 cm long with ca. 3 bracts; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate, blackish purple, 1.5 - 1.8 cm long x 1.8 - 2.3 cm diameter; tube with deep, longitudinal grooves (4 per tepal), smooth inside, slightly verrucose outside, broadest at base tapering to a strongly constricted mouth with a 4 - 5 mm opening; lobes 6, reflexed, yellow adaxially, oblong, 5 - 6 mm long x ca. 3 mm wide.

Stamens: 6, inserted in base of perianth tube, positioned lower than stigma, subsessile, anthers oblong, ca. 2.5 mm.

Pistil: disk-like; style purple, sessile, shallowly obconical and radiate rugose abaxially flaring out into a very thin, peltate, orbicular stigma 1.5 - 1.8 cm in diameter more or less filling base of tube, adaxial surface (stigmatic surface?) depressed in the centre with three short radiate grooves.

Fruit: berry yellowish green, subglobose, ca. 1.5 cm in diameter, with 12 longitudinal wings.

Phenology: flowers March - July.

2n = ?

Based on FoC & Li Guangzhao 2004.

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