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  Aspidistra elatior
  Family Name : Asparagaceae

  Synonyms : Aspidistra variegata

  Common Names : Bar-room Plant, Cast-iron Plant

Bar-room Plant,Cast-iron Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      China, Japan
      Native Habitat :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a stemless, evergreen foliage plant which grows upright to 1 m tall. 
      Foliage: Leaves are lanceolate, glossy, dark green, slightly leathery, petiole 5 - 35 cm long and stiff. 
      Stems: Rhizomes, about 5 - 10 mm thick. 
      Flowers: Solitary, perianth purple to dark-purple, sometimes pink, bell-shaped.
      Habitat :
      It grows well under poor light condition, not direct sunlight. 
      Cultivation :
      It is cultivated mostly for its reputation of withstanding neglect, which gives the common name of cast-iron plant. 
      Etymology :
      The genus Aspidistra means small-shield, with reference to the stigmatic head. 
      The specific epithet elatior means taller. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      Suitable for growing indoors and in containers.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade, Full Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Margin :

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