Interesting Plant: Tacca chantrieri (Black Bat Flower)

Interesting Plant: Tacca chantrieri (Black Bat Flower)

Bat Flower or Cat Whiskers (Tacca Chantrieri) (49532732922).jpg
By geoff mckay from Palmerston North, New Zealand – Bat Flower or Cat Whiskers (Tacca Chantrieri), CC BY 2.0, Link

Discovered this via the article 13 unique and interesting plants to grow in your garden on the Greener Living Blog. There are quite a few plants I will highlight here in future posts. — Douglas

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]Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

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