Aspidistra punctatoides


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).


China: Guangxi.


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.