Aspidistra stricta

Accepted name Aspidistra stricta Tillich. Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 322 (335, 338; fig. 3f-g). (2005).
Distribution Vietnam (Lam Dong)
Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter 10 mm,

Leaves: solitary [?] to ca. 50 cm; cataphylls brown, up to 10 cm long; petiole ca. 20 cm long, green; lamina 25 - 30 cm long x 7 - 10 cm wide, firm, smooth, dark-green, partly with pale green dots, margin at distal half finely dentate, base cuneate, somewhat decurrent, mid-vein at upper surface slightly sunken, prominent at lower surface from base to middle of lamina, 5 - 7 secondary veins on either side of midrib.

Peduncle: flowers subsessile; flowers solitary, upright, fleshy, with distinct aromatic scent.

Perianth [Perigone]: widely campanulate, very shallow, diameter 25 - 30 mm, purple; lobes 6, stiff, fleshy, upright, 35 - 40 mm long x 10 mm wide proximally and  4 - 5 mm wide distally, free nearly to base of perigone, each adaxially with one very prominent median keel at lower half.

Stamens: 6, positioned at base of tube, nearly sessile, anthers drop shaped, 2 mm long, connective with distal cylindrical appendage 1 mm long.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; stigma sessile on ovary, widely conoid, diameter 16 - 18 mm, with 6 high radial purple crests; ovary inconspicuous.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers May - June.

2n = ?

based on Tillich 2005


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