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Tacca Integrifolia  





Code : TP002
Brief Description :
In Malaya they call it the Devil’s Flower and strange, fascinating stories surround it. Originating, no doubt, from the malevolent way the eyes in the bloom seem to be following your every move! It grows to about 2ft. in height with flowers complete with filaments or whiskers 12in. long forming a flowing forked tail.
Full Description :

Tacca chantrieri, also known as bat plant  can be considered as one of the rare and exotic species  in the Plant Kingdom. There are about 60 species of Tacca distributed in the world under the family of Taccaceae, most of which are originated in SouthEast-Asia


In Malaya they call it the Devil’s Flower  and strange, fascinating stories surround it. Originating, no doubt, from the malevolent way the eyes in the bloom seem to be following your every move! It grows to about 2ft. in height with flowers complete with filaments or whiskers 12in. long forming a flowing forked tail.  

In the wild, the Bat Plant will down in the dry season and returns with the rains. Its peculiar “whiskers” are actually filiform bracteoles, or small bracts (modified leaves) which arise in the same axil as the flowers. This is one of the very few black flowering plant in the world. The plant grows well under shade away from direct sunlight and ample of moisture and a good well-drained organic soil and can be propagated by rhizome cutting.

Tacca chantrieri is used in traditional medicine for lowering blood pressure, piles and diabetes. It is distributed in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, E India, Indonesia, Laos, W Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
 



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