Aspidistra marginella

Accepted name Aspidistra marginella D. Fang & L. Zeng. Acta Phytotax. Sin., 31(2): 182, fig. 1. (1993).
Distribution China (SW Guangxi)
Description Rhizome: creeping subterete, diameter 3 - 5 mm.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 50 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 11 - 17(- 25) cm; lamina usually ovate, 12 - 23 cm long x 5.5 - 9 cm wide.

Peduncle: 2.5 - 6 cm long; flowers solitary, slightly nodding.

Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate, pale green, speckled with purple on both surfaces; tube 1 - 1.3 cm long x 2 cm diameter; lobes 6 - 8, usually incurved, narrowly oblong, ca. 9 mm long x 2 mm wide, basally expanded inward forming a crenate appendage, margin erose.

Stamens: 6 - 8, inserted proximally in perianth tube, subsessile.

Pistil: obconical; stigma sessile, a massive, dilated, structure 1 cm long x ca. 1.2 cm diameter, abaxially dark purple with ca. 16 longitudinal ridges, adaxially with a 4-[square-]lobed convex raised, pruinose area centrally [the true stigmatic surface?], the margin with ca. 8 large lobes alternating with 8 small lobes representing the tips of the abaxial ridges, the whole occupying the bottom half of the perigone tube i.e. not appressed to the opening; ovary inconspicuous.

Fruit: berry dark purple, depressed globose, 1.2 - 1.4 cm in diameter, slightly tuberculate and prickly.

Phenology: flowers May.

2n = 38

based on FoC and drawing and photographs in Li Guangzhao 2004


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