Aspidistra lingyunensis


Aspidistra lingyunensis C.R.Lin & L.F.Guo – Nordic J. Bot. 32(1): 60. (2013).



China: Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, Lingyun County, Sicheng Township, Yuntaishan limestone mountains, rare, 560 m a.s.l., 16 Oct 2011, Chun-Rui Lin and Lun-Fa Guo 1101 (holotype: IBK, isotype: IBK).


China: Guangxi.


Flowers in October–November in nature.












Perennial, evergreen, rhizomatous herb. Rhizome creeping, subterete, 6–8 mm thick, covered with scales; nodes dense. Cataphylls 4 or 5, purplish red, 1–8 cm long, enveloping the base of the petiole, becoming blackish brown when dry. Leaves solitary or occasionally paired, 5–10 mm apart; petiole stiffly upright, 9–17 cm long, 2–3 mm thick, adaxially sulcate; leaf blade usually elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 15–22 cm long, 6–8 cm wide, dark green with small yellowish green spots on both surfaces, broadly cuneate to suborbicular and inequilateral at base, acuminate at apex, with entire margin. Peduncle short, 5–10 mm long; bracts 4–5, two of them adnate to flower base, broadly ovate, 5–8 mm long, 6–8 mm wide, pale green with purplish red spots, subobtuse at apex. Flower solitary; perianth obconic campanulate, fleshy, whitish yellow, 13–15 mm long, apically 6-lobed; lobes oblong, explanate, abaxially pale yellow mottled with purplish red, distinctly 2-whorled, those of outer whorl 6–7 mm long, ca 4 mm wide, those of the inner whorl smaller, upper surface without keels, basally with 2–4 shallow longitudinal grooves; tube 7–9 mm long, distal opening 6–7 mm in diameter. Stamens 6, inserted in the middle of the perianth tube; anthers sessile, linear, pale yellow, ca 3 mm long, positioned conspicuously lower than the stigma. Pistil obconic, purplish red, 8–10 mm long; ovary inconspicuous; style distally gradually widened to stigma; stigma subrotund, ca 3 mm in diameter, surface white, flat, with 3 radial, bifurcate lines in center, shallowly 6-lobed at margin, lobes suborbicular at apex.


Lin et al. (2013) – Nordic Journal of Botany 30: 1–4.