Aspidistra mushaensis

Accepted name Aspidistra mushaensis Hayata. Ic. Pl. Formosan. 9. 144 (1920).
Distribution Taiwan
Description Rhizome: creeping, terete, diameter ca. 6 mm, covered with scales.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 90 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 20 - 50 cm; leaf blade lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 30 - 40 cm long x 3 - 5 cm wide, leathery, base cuneate, apex acute to acuminate.

Peduncle: 1 - 2 cm; bracts triangular-ovate; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: broadly campanulate, pink ca. 1 cm long; lobes 8, deltoid-lanceolate, adaxially distinctly 2-keeled, margin often folded.

Stamens: 8, subsessile; anthers ovate, ca. 2 mm.

Pistil: Stigma broadly peltate, mushroom-shaped, large; ovary cylindric, 5 - 6 mm.

Fruit: berry globose, 1 - 2 cm in diameter.

Phenology: flowers April.

2n = 36

based on FoC

References Tillich 2005
Comments Perigone pink, broadly campanulate, diameter 10 mm, 20 mm long, lobes upright, 7 - 8 3 mm,
with two distinct keels, stigma surface prominently folded (Taiwan) ex Tillich 2005.

Bunzo Hayata's description of Aspidistra mushaensis is at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/1159123.

The Taiwanese Aspidistra (Aspidistra attenuata, Aspidistra daibuensis and Aspidistra mushaensis) are so poorly defined in the literature that it is not possible to identify plants with confidence.

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