Aspidistra ronganensis


Aspidistra ronganensis C.R.Lin, Jing Liu & W.B.Xu – Phytotaxa 270(1): 64. (2016).



China: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Rongan County, Dongqi Township, limestone mountains, alt. 338 m a.s.l., 5 September 2014, Wei-Bin Xu 12005 (holotype IBK, isotype IBK).


China: Guangxi.


Flowers in September–October in nature.











Herbs perennial, evergreen, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, subterete, 8–10 mm in diameter, densely covered with nodes, roots numerous. Sheathing leaves 6–8, purplish red, 2–12 cm long, enveloping base of petiole, fibrous when withered. Leaves solitary, 2–3 cm apart; petiole stiff upright, 20–48 cm long, 2–3 mm thick, sulcate adaxially; leaf blade oblong lanceolate, 30–45 cm long, 6.5–10 cm wide, green, inequilateral, apex acuminate, base cuneate, gradually tapered to petiole, margin entire. Peduncle erect or declining, 0.5–2 cm long, with 5–6 pale bracts, bracts gradually wider from base to top of peduncle, upper most ones at base of perigone broadly ovate, 8–10 mm long, 14–16 mm wide, apex acuminate. Flowers solitary, perigone tubular, fleshy, 20–25 mm long, 8-lobed apically; tube 18–20 mm long, 6–8 mm in diam., white; lobes unequal in shape, triangular-lanceolate, 4–5 mm long and 2–3 mm wide at base, pale purplish-red, apex gradually acuminate and usually slightly outcurved, with spurlike basal protuberances. Stamens 8, inserted on upper mid part of perigone tube, positioned much higher than stigma, anthers pale yellow, lineate, ca. 5 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Pistil narrow obconical, white, 5–6 mm long, stigma slightly enlarged, 2–3 mm in diam., slightly concave and pale red adaxially, shallowly 4-lobed at margin, lobes unequal.


Liu et al. (2016) – Phytotaxa 270 (1): 63–68.