Aspidistra pingfaensis


Aspidistra pingfaensis S.Z.He & Q.W.Sun – Phytotaxa 178(1): 33. (2014).



China, Guizhou province, Guiding Country, Pingfa Township, under the shrub beside the valley, elevation ca. 780 m, 3 October 2008, S.Z. He et al. 081003 (holotype, HGCM).


Paratype: Pingfa Township, Guiding Country, Guizhou Province, China, 3 October 2008, S.Z. He et al. 081002 (HGCM).


China: Guizhou.


Flowers in October–November in nature.











Herbs perennial, rhizome creeping, subterete, 5−8 mm thick, covered with scales. Roots elongate. Leaf sheaths 3−5, purple-red, 5−12 cm, enclosing the base of leaves, fibrous when withered. Leaves solitary, 1.3−2.5 cm apart, leaf blade linear, 45−65 × 2−2.8 cm, apex gradually acuminate, base gradually narrowed into petiole, middle and upper margin sparsely thin denticulate, leaf blade slightly spotted with yellow-white; Petiole 8−26 cm. Peduncle 1.5−3.5 cm, bracts 3−4, broadly ovate, purple-red, 7−9 × 6−7 mm. Flower solitary, erect; Perigone campanulate, 1.5−1.7 cm tall and 1.2−1.6 cm across, 8-lobed, perigone tube 1.1−1.3 cm in length, 1.2−1.6 cm in diameter, yellowish-white outside, deep purple inside except the white base, lobes narrow triangular, 4−6 mm long and ca. 2 mm wide at base, purple inside and outside, somewhat outcurved; Stamens 8, inserted at ca. 4 mm above base of tube, filament ca. 0.8 mm in length, horizontally protruding, anthers oblong, ca. 1.6 × 1 mm, facing the ovary; Pistil 7−8 mm in length, ovary and style light yellow, ovary coniform and swelled obviously, diameter 4−5 mm, style gradually widened to stigma, stigma peltate, purple-red, ca. 8−9 mm in diameter, 8−lobed at margin, the center slightly concave with 4 whitish radiate bifurcating lines; pollen spherical, with verrucose ornamentation on the surface. Berry is subspherical, 1−1.4 cm high, 0.8−1.2 cm in diameter, with small spines.


Sun et al. (2014) – Phytotaxa 178 (1): 33–37.