Aspidistra pingtangensis


Aspidistra pingtangensis S.Z.He, W.F.Xu & Q.W.Sun – Novon 21(2): 187. (2011).



China: Guizhou, Pingtang Co., under shrubbery in river valley, 2 Oct. 2007, S.Z. He, W.F. Xu, Q.W. Sun & Y.Y. Wang 071002 (holotype, GZTM; isotype, MO).


Paratypes: China. Guizhou, Guiding Co., Pingfa, 18 Oct. 2008, S.Z. He & W.F. Xu 081018 (Guiyang Coll. Trad. Chin. Med.).


China: Guizhou.


Flowers in October in nature.









Perennial herb; rhizome creeping, subterete, 6–8 mm diam., rooting at nodes, covered with scales. Leaf sheaths 2 or 3, 3–11 cm, fibrous when withered; leaves solitary, 1.5–3 cm apart, petioles 26–28 cm, rigid and grooved, blades elliptic-lanceolate, 25–35 3 6–8 cm, green with yellowish white spots, apex acuminate, tapering to the petioles, with indistinctly small serratures at upper margin. Peduncles 1.2–3.5 cm; bracts 3 or 4, broadly ovate, 5–6 3 5–6 cm wide, purplish red; flowers solitary, erect. Perianth urceolate, 0.9–1 3 0.9–1 cm, milk-white, fleshy, tube 0.8–0.9 cm, 0.9–1.1 cm diam., with 5 or 6 prominent and blunt keels externally visible in the lower half, 5 or 6 purplered markings internally, from top to bottom, perianth lobes 5 or 6, ca. 1.531 mm, purple-red; stamens 5 or 6, inserted at top 1/3 of the perianth tube; filaments ca. 1.2 mm, anthers suboblong, ca. 1.631 mm; stigma ca. 4 mm diam., convex centrally, the stigma peltate, orbicular, enlarged, split into a triangular concavity, with 3 radially slender keels, the stigmatic lobes 3, concave at apex but slightly convex in the middle. Fruit an obovate berry, 1.2–1.6 cm diam., the surface roughened, with verruciform projections.


He et al. (2011) – Novon 21(2): 187–189.