Aspidistra muricata

Accepted name Aspidistra muricata F. C. How ex K. Y. Lang. Acta Phytotax. Sin., 19(3): 383, fig. 1. (1981).
Distribution China (NC & W Guangxi)
Description Rhizome: creeping, terete, diameter ca. 5 mm.

Leaves: 2 or 3-tufted to ca. 60 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 5 - 10 cm; lamina lorate to linear-lanceolate, 30 - 50 cm long x 1 - 1.5 cm wide.

Peduncle: 1 - 1.3 cm long with 4 - 5 bracts; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: campanulate, pale green [sometimes yellow?]; tube ca. 10 mm long x 6.5 mm diameter; lobes 6, recurved, oblong, ca. 5 mm long x 3 mm wide.

Stamens: 6, inserted at middle of perianth tube, positioned nearly level with stigma and clearly visible in mouth of perigone tube, subsessile; anthers oblong, ca. 3 mm.

Pistil: claviform; ca. 6 mm long, style articulate [at junction with ovary?], basally columnar (ca. 2 mm diameter) then gradually widening to ca. 4 mm diameter at stigma level, stigma with 6 marginal lobes the margins raised with a sunken, slightly concave centre [the stigmatic surface?].

Fruit: berry globose, ca. 1 cm in diameter, tuberculate.

Phenology: flowers and fruits October.

2n = ?

based on FoC and drawing and photographs in Li Guangzhao 2004



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