Common name: Bat Flower, Cat’s Whiskers, Devil Flower
Assam to S. China and Pen. Malaysia (as per WCSP)

The Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri, is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae. Tacca chantrieri is an unusual plant in that it has black flowers. These flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have long ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches.

There are ten species in the genus Tacca.[1] One of these, T. integrifolia, is commonly called the “white bat plant.” T. integrifolia is similar to T. chantrieri, but has white bracts which are veined purple. T. integrifolia is larger than T. chantrieri, reaching up to four feet in height (almost twice the size of T. chantrieri at a height of 24″-36″).[2]
Tacca chantrierei is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China: particularly Yunnan Province.[3]
They are understory plants, so they prefer shade (at least 60%). They grow best in well-drained soil with good air circulation, but they prefer high humidity, and need a lot of water. They are hardy to USDA zones 11, above 4.5 °C (40 °F).
(From Wikipedia on 15.10.15)





Plant for ID-PC-39-25.09.2015 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
please identify the plant from Botanical Garden’s Green House, Warsaw.

likely to be a maranta of ginger group. cant go further. if some hardy soul wants to stick his/her neck out so be it

Well … I stand corrected. it was not maranta after all.

that wispy white thread/ghost like structure in this case’s pictures above is perhaps a dried a flower of this species ?

i cant seem to  correlate them at all with the elaborate flowering structure in the link … live and learn i guess.


here is another snap from the same place. please tell me if it is a flower of Tacca.

this is good and makes sense to me now. wish it was found when original pictures were submitted. I am going to wait for …  response

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