The Peliosanthes macrostegia belongs to Liliaceae (the Lily family). It is an evergreen herb that is distributed from southern China to Vietnam and Taiwan. It grows in tropical rainforests, broad-leaved forests, bamboo forests, shrub belts, etc. and can reach 30 to 50 cm in height. The leaves are lanceolate to oblong and have long petioles. From April to June, the flower stalks are borne to form racemes and bloom purple bell-shaped flowers. The fruits ripen from July to September. The Japanese name is named after Alishan, a mountainous area in the Midwestern part of Taiwan. In Taiwanese Mandarin, it is called "矮球子草".