Description from Flora of China
Schizocodon Siebold & Zuccarini; Sherwoodia House; Shortiopsis Hayata.
Perennial herbs, evergreen, glabrous. Rhizomes woody, branched, creeping, with ovate pinnately veined scales. Leaves numerous, radical or rosulately arranged at end of rhizome, long petiolate. Scape solitary or 2–6, in the axil of the upper leaves, elongated after flowering, with several bracts. Flowers solitary, subterminal, erect or nodding. Calyx persistent. Corolla campanulate to funnel-shaped; lobe obtusely toothed to laciniate, undulate to crenate. Stamens adnate to base of corolla tube; filaments short or none; staminodes 5 or absent. Ovary and capsule 3-locular.
Six species: E Asia, E North America; two species (one endemic) in China.