Aspidistra nanchuanensis

Accepted name Aspidistra nanchuanensis Tillich. Feddes Repert. 117(1-2): 139 (-141; fig. 1). (2006).
Distribution China (Sichuan)
Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter ca. 5 mm.

Leaves: solitary[?] to ca. 120 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 40 - 50 cm, stiff; lamina narrow lanceolate to nearly lineate, 60 - 70 cm long x 2.0 - 2.8 cm wide, basally narrow cuneate, gradually and asymmetrically tapered to petiole, green, mid-vein a small groove on upper surface, sharply protruding on lower surface, ca. 20 fine secondary veins on either side of mid-vein.

Peduncle: ca. 1 cm, with a few scales; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: widely funnel-shaped; tube 15 mm long x  ca. 20 mm diameter; lobes 6, ovate, 8 mm long x 8 mm wide, with four keels, two central keels distally fused at middle of lobe and running separately down to middle of tube, two lateral keels short, deltoid.

Stamens: 6, positioned at lower third of tube, filaments 0.5 mm long, anthers ovate, 2 mm long.

Pistil: table-shaped; ca. 6 mm long, stigma nearly sessile, disc-shaped, diameter ca. 15 mm, margin with small incisions and bent downwards, leaving only very small openings for pollinators; ovary narrow conical, 3 - 4 mm long.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers March - April.

2n = ?

Based on Tillich 2006.


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