Aspidistra retusa

Accepted name Aspidistra retusa K. Y. Lang & S. Z. Huang. Acta Phytotax. Sin., 19(3): 379, fig. 1. (1981).
Distribution China (NE Guangxi)
Description Rhizome: creeping, subterete, diameter ca. 5 mm, densely covered with scales.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 60 cm; cataphylls purple; petiole 16 - 33 cm; lamina green, oblong to oblong-lanceolate  20 - 30 cm long x 5 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acuminate.

Peduncle: erect, 2.5 - 4.5 cm long pink-purple with 5 - 6 pink-purple-spotted bracts; flowers solitary but borne in some profusion.

Perianth [Perigone]: narrowly campanulate, fleshy; tube 1.3 - 1.5 cm long x ca.1 cm diameter, lower part of tube pale [creamy white?] inside and outside, upper part pink-purple inside and outside, inside the tube the colour boundary marking the insertion of the stamens; lobes (5 - ) 6 recurved, deltoid-ovate, ca. 4 mm long x 3 mm wide, pink-purple abaxially and adaxially.

Stamens: (5 or) 6, inserted distally in perianth tube, positioned much higher than stigma and sometimes almost in the mouth of the tube, subsessile; anthers ovate, ca. 1.8 mm.

Pistil: columnar ca. 4 mm long; style cylindric, widening gradually to a slightly enlarged 3-lobed stigma ca. 1.5 mm in diameter, the lobes very shallowly emarginate, the adaxial surface with 3 radial grooves with bifurcated tips [this sunken area the stigmatic surface?]; ovary slightly enlarged.

Fruit: globose, green, tuberculate.

Phenology: flowers April.

2n = 36

based on FoC, Li Guangzhao 2004 and Tillich 2005

Comments the FoC states that the style is "obviously articulate" but this is not obvious in the drawings


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