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Description: A robust evergreen species which we found growing on boulders within a dense high altitude forest in Baja Verapaz on our first collecting trip to Guatemala in 2001. Forming a congested colony of knobbly cylindrical rhizomes only 3cm across, from which arose strong vertical stems to 1.7m long with 15 leathery obovate alternate leaves to 18cm long decreasing in size from the base. Terminating in a broad congested panicle 21 cm long, of lilac-purple flowers on purple stalks in this collection. Followed by large grey-green tri-lobed fruit which take a year to mature to red-purple, sometimes still present on the emergence of the new flowers. Was Smilacina paniculata, also name has been confused with M. tatsiense from China, but easily distinguished.
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