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Aspidistra tonkinensis

Accepted name Aspidistra tonkinensis (Gagnep.) F. T. Wang & K. Y. Lang. Acta Phytotax. Sin., 16(1): 77 (1978) & Fl. Reipubl. Popul. Sin., 15: 19 (1978).
Synonyms  
Distribution China (NW Guangxi, S Guizhou, SE Yunnan), Vietnam
Description Rhizome: creeping, terete, diameter 4 - 5 mm.

Leaves: solitary to ca. 30 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 10 - 13 cm; lamina lanceolate-oblong, 13 - 20 cm long x 4 - 5.5 cm wide, margin slightly undulate.

Peduncle: ca. 3 cm long with ca. 5 bracts; flowers solitary.

Perianth [Perigone]: campanulate-urceolate; tube dull purple, speckled with dark purple-red outside and pale purple inside, 2 - 2.3 [- 3] cm long x 1.6 - 1.8 cm diameter; lobes 6, petaloid, biseriate, pure white adaxially, dull purple with pale purple speckles abaxially, ovate to semiorbicular, 1 - 1.2 cm long x ca. 1.2 cm wide.

Stamens: 6, inserted near base of perianth tube, subsessile; anthers reniform.

Pistil: mushroom-shaped; style cylindric ca. 1 cm long [articulate according to FoC but no evidence of this in drawings] abruptly developed at the top into a 3-lobed stigma ca. 1 cm in diameter, the lobes truncate, somewhat deflexed and pure white adaxially; ovary inconspicuous.

Fruit: undescribed.

Phenology: flowers October - November.

2n = 36

based on FoC, Li Guangzhao 2004 & Tillich 2005.

References  
Comments Described in 2 publications in 1978 and not sure which has priority.

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