Aspidistra guangxiensis


Aspidistra guangxiensis S.C.Tang & Yan Liu – Novon 13(4): 480. (2003).



China. Guangxi: Guilin Botanical Garden, cultivated, 12 May 2002, Y.Liu 0001, originally collected from Guangxi, Long'an County, limestone mountains, 350 m, date and collector not recorded (holotype, IRK; isotype, IBK).






Paratype: China: Guangxi, Guilin Botanical Garden, cultivated. 12 May 2002, Y.Liu 0002, originally collected from Guangxi, Long’an County, limestone mountains, 350 m. date and collector not recorded.

Northern Vietnam, Hoa Binh Province, Lac Son District, Tu Do Municipality, Mon village, around point 20°25′N, 105°19′E, growing in a very steep primary evergreen broad-leaved forest covering limestone outcrops and cliffs, in shady clearings in humid humus rich soils, elevation 460–470 m a.s.l., rare, 22.01.2018, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones, BWJ 15725 (LE01087229), BWJ 15732 (LE01073317).


China: Guangxi.


Flowers in May in cultivation.









Herbs perennial, evergreen, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, subterete, 3–5 mm diam., densely covered with scales. Leaves solitary, spaced; petiole 14–40 cm, partly enveloped by sheaths; leaf blade ovate to elliptic. 6–20 × 7–8 cm, base decurrent into petiole, apex acuminate. Flowers solitary; peduncle decumbent, 4–5 cm; bracts purple, triangular, terminal 2 or 3 close to flower; perianth abaxially purple, adaxially yellow, urceolate. fleshy; tube subglobose, 1-2 cm diam.; lobes 6 or 8, free, spreading, linear-lanceolate, 2–3 cm × 2-6 mm. base with an adaxial, rounded, toothlike appendage extending part of the way across the mouth of the perianth tube, apex subobtuse. Stamens 6 or 8, inserted in proximal 1/3 of perianth tube, positioned conspicuously lower than stigma; filament inconspicuous; anther reniform, 2–5 mm, dehiscing by a slit. Pistil ca. 1 cm; ovary much narrower than stigma. 3-loculed; stigma sessile, dilated and bowl-like. 1–1.5 cm diam., thickened, abaxially with 12 or 16 longitudinal ridges, adaxially pale yellow and slightly concave, with 3 purple ridges at center (4 ridges not observed in 4-merous flowers), margin with 12 or 16 triangular lobes.



S.C.Tang & Yan Liu (2003) – Novon 13(4): 480–482.

Averyanov et al. (2020) – Nordic Journal of Botany: e02932.