Aspidistra insularis

Accepted name Aspidistra insularis Tillich. Feddes Repert. 117(1-2): 145 (144; fig. 4). (2006).
Distribution Japan (Kuroshima Island)
Description Rhizome: creeping, diameter ca. 5 mm.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 80 cm; cataphylls up to 15 cm long, splitting into fibres by withering; petiole ca. 30 cm, green, stiff; lamina lanceolate, 40 - 50 cm long x 7 - 8 cm wide, green, gradually tapering to petiole.

Peduncle: to 5 mm long or flowers nearly sessile; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: cup-shaped, tube [?] long x 10 - 12 mm diameter, pale [green?]; lobes 8, purple, biseriate, 5 mm long x 3 mm wide, with two prominent, fleshy keels fusing distally at each lobe and basally with a keel of an adjacent lobe, from the basal fusion point a keel runs downward to middle of tube, outer lobes with hyaline marginal wings.

Stamens: 8, positioned in middle of tube, filament ca. 0.5 mm, anther reniform, 2 mm x 1 mm.

Pistil: table-shaped; 7 mm long, style basally cylindric, ca. 3 mm long, developed at the top into a square stigma, diameter 9 mm, with 4 closely adnate triangular lobes, their radial margins upfolded and forming a somewhat prominent diagonal cross figure, each lobe distally with an upfolded lip; ovary inconspicuous.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowering February - April.

2n = ?

based on Tillich 2006


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