Aspidistra superba Tillich – Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 323. (2005).
From a plant in cultivation at the Botanical Garden Munich (accession-nr. 97/2369) collected by J. Bogner (Bogner 2346) in Vietnam, Prov. Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong, March 1997. Tillich 4358 (M), including flowers at the liquid collection at (M).
Paratypes: Bogner 2346 (M), Tillich 4480 (M), Tillich 4980 (MO); The plant in cultivation at the Botanical Garden Munich.
Vietnam: Ninh Binh province.
Flowers in March–April in cultivation.
Rhizome epigeous to nearly hypogeous, ∅ 5–7 mm, cataphylls pale brown, soon drying, up to 6 cm long; Petiole 15–22 cm long; Lamina widely lanceolate, 16–18 × 5–7.5 cm, thin, uniformely green, base cuneate, midvein adaxially somewhat deepened, abaxially prominent, secondary veins 3–4 ar each side, between them ca. 9 fine veins; Flowers solitary or in groups of 2–3, tube depressed globose, 12 mm high, ∅ 22 mm, outsides pale green, finely red mottled, lobes 8 (–9), narrow lineate with broader base, 20 mm long, patent, red, distally pale or greenish, with basal appendages united to form an iris diaphragm-like narrowing of the perigone opening; Stamens 8, at base of tube; Pistil table-shaped, ovar inconspicuous, ca. 2 mm high, stigma subsessile, disc-shaped, ∅ 18 mm, surface red and white with 4 heartshaped areas in the center and 16 prominent rays ending in 16 teeth.
Tillich (2005) – Feddes Repertorium 116: 5–6, 313–338.