Aspidistra marasmioides Tillich – Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 321. (2005).
From a plant in cultivation at the Botanical Garden Munich (accession-nr. 96/3118), collected by N. Arnautov (Arnautov 88–117) in Vietnam, Prov. Hai Phong, Cat Hai. Tillich 4458 (M).
Vietnam, Hai Phong province (Cat Hai, Cat Ba Island).
Flowers in October–November in nature, in November–December in greenhouse.
Rhizome slender, widely creeping and freely branching, ∅ 4 mm, imbricately covered with small, brown cataphylls; Petiole 10–15 cm long, ∅ 2 mm; Lamina elliptic, 10–12 cm long and 5 cm wide, dull green with small pale green dots, base cuneate to truncate, somewhat decurrent, apex cuspidate, at both sides of midrib 3–4 secondary veins, between them 4 very fine tertiary veins; Flowers solitary, peduncle 2–3 cm long, purple, with 5–7 purple, elliptic-cuspidate cataphylls, perigone cupulate, 12 mm long and 15 mm wide, with 6 lobes, tube outsides white, insides and the lobes purple, lobes reflexed, smooth; Stamens 6, at middle height of tube, filament 1 mm, anthers ovoid, 2–2.5 mm long, pollen sacs oriented downwards; Pistil delicate, mushroom-shaped, 11 mm long, somewhat exceeding the tube, ovar inconspicuous, hardly wider than the style, style slender, 6 mm long, stigma hemispherical, ∅ 6 mm, 3 mm high, surface smooth, pale pink.
Tillich H.J. (2005) Feddes Repert. 116(5–6): 313–338; Vislobokov N.A. (2017) Plant Spec. Biol. 32: 412–422.