Accepted name Aspidistra minutiflora Stapf. Journ. Linn. Soc. 36. 113. (1903). Synonyms Distribution China (N Guangdong, Guangxi, ?Guizhou, Hainan, Hong Kong, SW Hunan) Description Rhizome: short, subterete, diameter 5 - 6 mm.
Leaves: 2- or 3-tufted to ca. 65 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole none; leaf blade lorate to lorate-oblanceolate, 26 - 65 cm long x 1 - 2.5 cm wide, basally gradually narrowed into inconspicuous petiole.
Peduncle: 1 - 2.5 cm long, dark purple, slender with 2 - 4 green bracts; flowers solitary, nodding.
Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate, green, tinged and speckled with purple outside and dark purple inside except for green haloes around stamens; tube 4 - 6 mm long x 4.5 - 5 mm diameter; lobes (4 -) 6, erect, deltoid, 1 - 2 mm long x 1 - 1.5 mm wide with inward pointing apiculate tips and enlarged bases extending slightly into mouth of perigone.
Stamens (4 -) 6, inserted at base of perianth tube, subsessile; anthers nearly broadly ovate, 1.2 - 1.5 mm.
Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style green 2 - 3 mm long, columnar at base developed at top into peltate, orbicular, 3-lobed stigma 1.5 - 2.5 mm in diameter, convex adaxially, marginal lobes shallow and slightly emarginate, adaxial surface (stigmatic surface) purplish with 3 faint pale lines with bifurcated tips, abaxial surface green; ovary purple speckled.
Phenology: flowers in [May] July - October.
2n = 38
based on FoC and drawing and photographs in Li Guangzhao 2004 & personal observations
References Comments The plant sold as Aspidistra linearifolia 'Leopard' by Plant Delights and others is Aspidistra minutiflora.
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