Aspidistra punctatoides Yan Liu & C.R.Lin – Nordic J. Bot. 29(2): 189. (2011).
Aspidistra punctatoides is currently a synonym of Aspidistra arnautovii Tillich.
China: Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, Daxin County, Xialei Township, limestone mountains, 560 m a.s.l., 10 Feb 2007, Yan Liu L1432 (holotype: IBK, isotype: IBK).
China: Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, Guilin City, Yanshan Township, introduced by Yan Liu from the type locality, cultivated, 24 Jan 2010, C. R. Lin 036 (IBK).
Flowers in December–January in nature.
Perennial herbs, evergreen, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, subterete, 8–10 mm thick, covered with scales, nodes dense. Roots numerous. Vaginal leaves 2–3, purple-red, 3–8 cm long, enveloping the base of the petiole, becoming black-brown when dry. Leaves solitary, 1–3 cm apart; petiole stiffly upright, 11–26 cm long, 2–4 mm thick, adaxially sulcate; leaf blade usually oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 15–27 cm long, 4.5–7.5 cm wide, dark green, base broadly cuneate to cuneate, inequilateral, apex acuminate, margin entire. Peduncle decumbent to declining, purple-red, 2–3 cm long, with 4–5 bracts, bracts gradually wider from base to top of peduncle, the two most basal bracts ones of perianth broadly ovate, pale green with purple spots, ca 8 mm long, ca 6 mm wide, obtuse at apex. Flower solitary; perianth campanulate, purple; lobes 8 (occasionally 6), explanate, triangular, 5–6 mm long, 3–4 mm wide at base, adaxially pale yellow-green with numerous small purple spots, and with two prominent keels ca 1 mm high, each keel basally fusing with a keel of the adjoining lobe and forming a protruding lip at the fusion point; tube 5–7 mm long, 10–14 mm in diameter, blackish purple inside. Stamens 8 (6), opposite to lobes, subsessile, inserted in the middle of the perianth tube, anthers oblong, ca 2 mm long and 1 mm wide. Pistil mushroom shaped, ca 8 mm long, ovary inconspicuous, style short, cylindrical, 2–3 mm in diameter, stigma peltate, ca 1 cm in diameter, upper surface white, flat and densely papillate, with 3–4 inconspicuous radial, bifurcate lines in center, 3–4-lobed at margin, lobes emarginate at apex, abaxially blackish purple.
C.R.Lin & Yan Liu (2011) – Nordic J. Bot. 29(2): 189–193; Tillich & Averyanov (2018) – Feddes Repertorium 29(3): 185–188.