Rohdea Roth
  • Nov. Pl. Sp.: 196 (1821) 

This taxon is accepted by eMonocot
Notes: Distribution: E. Himalaya to Japan and Indo-China

General Description

Acaulescent monopodia! herbs, rhizomes thick, spreading; leaves alternate, more or less rosulate, sessile, narrowly lanceolate, basally dilated; inflorescence axillary, spicate, fleshy; floral bracts short, up to 6 mm, ovate, membranaceous; tepals 6, fleshy, united, lobes very short, inflexed, pale yellow; stamens 6, attached to the tepals, inserted, sessile; carpels 3, united, style 1, short, stigmas 3, divergent; ovary 3-locular, ovules 2 per locule; fruit a berry, globose, single-seeded, red; x = 19.


China and Japan


R. japonica Roth ex Kunth cultivated as an ornamental.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China North-Central
  • China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Tibet
  • Eastern Asia Japan
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent Assam
  • East Himalaya
  • Nepal
  • Indo-China Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


  • 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 Tanaka, N. (2010). A taxonomic revision of the genus Rohdea (Asparagaceae). Makinoa , n.s., 9: 1-54.
  • 3 Roth, A.Wilhelm Original publication of Rohdea. Sp., (1821).
  • 4 Conran, J.G. & Tamura, M.N. Convallariaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Lilianae (excluding Orchidaceae) 186-198 (1998).

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