Tricyrtis imeldae

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Tricyrtis imeldae


Leaves thick and fleshy when fresh but becoming membranous when dried, acute, the lower narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, with cuneate base, the upper broadly lanceolate to elliptic, with cordate base, (6-)12-16 by (3-)4-5 cm, glabrous except for the main veins beneath. Inflorescence a terminal bifurcate raceme c. 18-20 cm, puberulous; Flowers greenish- white with purple spots inside, to over 3 cm long, infundibuliform, glabrous, segments linear-oblong to oblong spathulate. Ovary 10 mm long; Fruit c. 25-30 by 4-6 mm. Seeds flat, oblong, c. 2 mm long.


Asia-Tropical, Cotabato present, Mindanao present, S. Philippines present, Tasaday present
Malesia: S. Philippines (Mindanao: Tasaday, Cotabato), reported to be rather rare; only known from the type.


I have only seen the type and have not been able to add to the description by Gutierrez.
He compared the species with the Formosan T. stolonifera, from which it chiefly differs in the shape and colouring of the perianth segments. Close study of more material and variability is needed to check the specific difference.