Aspidistra zhenganensis


Aspidistra zhenganensis S.Z.He & Y.Wang – Phytotaxa 297(1): 83. (2017).



China, Guizhou province, Zhengan county, Fengyi town, under shrubs on the hillsides, elevation ca. 800 m, 19 October 2016, Y. Wang 161019 (holotype GZTM, isotype GZTM).


China: Guizhou.


Flowering in September–October in nature.










Herbs perennial, rhizome creeping, subterete, 8−12 mm thick, covered with scales. Roots light yellowish-white. Leaf sheaths 1−2, purple-red, 4−10 cm long, enclosing the base of leaves, fibrous when withered. Leaves solitary, 1−1.8 cm apart, leaf blade oblong, 30−45 × 5.5−9 cm, apex gradually acuminate, base gradually narrowed into petiole; petiole 15−30 cm. Peduncle 5−7 cm, white, erect, bracts 4−5, broadly ovate, white, 6−9 × 5−9 mm. Flower solitary. Perigone widely campanulate to slightly urceolate, 1.4−1.7 cm tall, (6−)8 lobed, perigone tube white inside and outside, 8−10 mm in length, ca. 14 mm in diameter, lobes purple, narrowly triangular, erect, 4−7 mm long and ca. 5 mm wide at base, with two low keels at lower third, running down to upper half of tube. Stamens (6−)8, inserted at lower part of the tube, freely visible from above filaments suberect, ca. 1 mm in length, anthers oblong, ca. 2 mm in length. Pistil ca. 5 mm in length, style cylindrical, ovary slightly swollen, stigma obconical, 4−6 mm in diameter, light purple abaxially, deep purple adaxially, with 4 deep, white heart-shaped to bifurcate grooves, 4-lobed at margin, lobes slightly emarginate. Fruit berry subglobose, purple on the top and light yellowish-green on the other part, 1.3−1.5 cm high, 1.4−1.6 cm in diameter, with small spines.


Wang et al. (2016) – Phytotaxa 297 (1): 083–085.