Accepted name Aspidistra leshanensis K. Y. Lang & Z. Y. Zhu. Acta Bot. Yunnanica, 6(4): 385, fig. 1. (1984). Synonyms Distribution China (SC Sichuan) Description Rhizome: creeping, subterete, diameter 4 - 8 mm.
Leaves: solitary to ca. 85 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 27 - 45 cm; lamina green but sometimes with yellowish white spots, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 20 - 40 cm long x 3 - 6 cm wide.
Peduncle: 1 - 6 cm long with 4 - 6 bracts; flowers solitary.
Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate; tube purple-brown inside, purple outside, 0.8 - 1.2 cm long x 1 - 2 cm diameter; lobes (6 -) 8 (- 9), recurved, frosted white or yellowish white adaxially, purple abaxially, deltoid-ovate, 5 - 6 mm long x 4 - 5 mm wide, with 2 short, papillose keels near adaxial base.
Stamens (6 -) 8 (- 9), inserted at base of perianth tube, subsessile, anthers ca. 2 mm.
Pistil: table-shaped; 4 - 6 mm long, stigma peltate, orbicular, 1 - 1.5 cm in diameter, more or less filling the tube, lobes 4 (normally), emarginate resulting in (6 -) 8 (- 9) marginal lobes, yellowish white adaxially with (normally) 4 outward facing U-shaped depressions, purple flushed abaxially; ovary undescribed.
Fruit: berry ca. 1.5 cm in diameter, tuberculate.
Phenology: flowers September.
2n = 38
based on FoC and drawings and photographs in Li Guangzhao 2004.
References Comments At first sight it seems difficult to reconcile the drawings below but they are of the same species. However, the drawing from K-Y Lang is stylised and very poor.
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