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Aspidistra is a genus of plants of the family Liliaceae or Convallariaceae[?], originating from China.


  • A. elatior (aspidistra, iron plant, barroom plant, cast-iron plant) is a tough ornamental plant with leathery dark green leaves, growing up to 1 m. The plant was once so popular in British homes that George Orwell satirized it in his novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1930).
  • A. caespitosa
  • A. lurida
  • A. minutiflora (Chinese Ribbon Plant)
  • A. typica
  • A. linearifolia
  • A. lurida

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