Aspidistra albiflora


Aspidistra albiflora C.R.Lin, W.B.Xu & Yan Liu – Nordic J. Bot. 29(4): 443. (2011).


China. Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, Jingxi County, Hurun Township, limestone mountains, alt. 390 m a.s.l., 25 Apr 2010, Yan Liu L1631 (holotype: IBK, isotype: IBK).


China: Guangxi.











Perennial herb, evergreen, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, subterete, 5–8 mm thick, covered with scales, internodes congested. Roots elongate. Vaginal leaves 3–4, pale green, 1–4 cm long, enclosing the base of the petiole, fibrous when withered. Leaves solitary, 5–10 mm apart; petiole stiff upright, 3.5–7.0 cm long, 2–3 mm thick, adaxially sulcate; leaf blade usually elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 9–14 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, base broadly cuneate, apex acuminate, margin entire. Peduncle decumbent, 5–20 mm long, with 3–4 bracts, bracts gradually widened from below, the two bracts at the base of the perianth broadly ovate, 1.6–2.0 cm long, 1.0–1.5 cm wide, white with pale green tips, apex acuminate, conspcuously longer than the perianth. Flowers numerous, densely arranged; perianth campanulate, white, 13–16 mm long, 6-lobed apically; lobes broadly ovate, subequal, 8–10 mm long, 5–6 mm wide, glabrous, surface with 3–5 shallow longitudinal grooves, apex rounded and usually slightly incurved; tube ca 6 mm long, 7–10 mm in diameter. Stamens 6, subsessile, inserted in the middle of the perianth tube; anthers pale yellow, ovate, ca 2 mm long and 1 mm wide. Pistil obconical, ca 7 mm long, white, glabrous; ovary inconspicuous; style short, cylindrical, ca 2 mm in diameter, stigma 4–5 mm in diameter, the central part nearly flat and with 3–4 radial, inconspicuous bifurcate shallow grooves, with slightly irregularly undulate margin..


Lin, C.R., Xu, W.B., & Liu, Y. (2011). Aspidistra albiflora sp. nov.(Asparagaceae) from southwestern Guangxi, China. Nordic Journal of Botany, 29(4), 443-446.