Aspidistra lurida Ker Gawl.

Perennial herb to 20 cm high from a stout rhizome. Leaves broadly-ovate, stalked, in clusters along the rhizome. Flowers 1, buds subterranean, opening at ground level, spreading, to 2.5 cm wide; spring.Tepals deep purple-red.


Most plants sold as A. lurida are misidentified A. elatior.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Convallariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Aspidistra Ker Gawl.