Liriope Lour.
  • Fl. Cochinch.: 200 (1790) 

This taxon is accepted by eMonocot
Notes: Distribution: China to Japan and N. Philippines

General Description

Acaulescent caespitose, sympodial herbs, rhizomes thin, spreading; roots fibrous, often tuberiferous; leaves alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, sessile; inflorescence a reduced dibotyrum, more or less straight; flowers opening wide to flat, slightly zygomorphic, erect to ascending or nearly sessile, pedicels articulated; tepals 6, fused basally or free, white or violet; stamens 6, attached to the tepals basally, filaments long, curved around style, anthers obtuse, basifixed; style 1, long, stigma capitate, curved; ovary hypogynous, 3-locular, ovules axile, 2 per locule; fruit 1-seeded, rupturing in early development, exposing the seed; seed globose or ellipsoid, blackish, fleshy; x = 18.


Indochina, Philippines, China to Japan.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China North-Central
  • China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Hainan
  • Manchuria
  • Eastern Asia Japan
  • Korea
  • Nansei-shoto
  • Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent West Himalaya (Doubtful)
  • Indo-China Vietnam
  • Malesia Philippines


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 de Loureiro, J. Original publication of Liriope. Cochinch., (1790).
  • 3 Conran, J.G. & Tamura, M.N. Convallariaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Lilianae (excluding Orchidaceae) 186-198 (1998).

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