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Rhizomes dimorphic: suberect, thick; creeping, long, slender. Leaves basal, dark or yellowish green, glossy on 1 surface, dull on other, reddish purple at base, sword-shaped, 25-60 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, midvein absent. Flowering stems erect, with 5-12 short, slender branches near apex; spathes 3-5, broadly lanceolate, 0.8-1.5 cm, 2-4-flowered, apex obtuse. Flowers pale bluish, 4.5-5.5 cm in diameter; pedicel 1.5-2.5 cm, stiff, persistent. Perianth tube 1.1-1.5 cm; outer segments obovate or elliptic, 2.5-3 × 1.4-2 cm, limb spreading, with blue blotching around central, yellow patch around prominent, yellow crest, margin denticulate, undulate, apex retuse; inner segments spreading obliquely, elliptic or narrowly obovate, 2.8-3 × 1.5-2.1 cm, margin denticulate, undulate. Stamens 0.8-1.2 cm; anthers white. Ovary 7-10 mm. Style branches pale blue; terminal lobes fimbriate. Capsule ellipsoid-cylindric, 2.5-3 × 1.2-1.5 cm, apex not beaked. Seeds dark brown, with small aril.


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Source: Plants of Tibet

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