Tacca chantrieri

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Tacca chantrieri

Scientific name / local name  :   Tacca chantrieri / batflower

Origin :   Thailand

Flower colour :   green black

Soil :   well drained, rich soil

sun/shade :   semi shade 

watering :  plenty

Hardiness/ temp. ( C)  :  20 to +35 Celsius

Height :   100 cm

 

Overall information

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.[4]:517 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").[5]

Tacca species have been thought to be pollinated by flies seeking decaying organic material.[6][7] This hypothesis was tested for T. chantrieri, but the populations studied were found to be essentially self-pollinating.[7]

Geographical range[edit]

Tacca chantrieri is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China, particularly Yunnan Province,[4]:518 as well as Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.[1] T. chantrieri grows in forests and valleys, along rivers in altitudes from 200 to 1300 metres above sea level.[8]

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