These curious lilies originate from South-East Asia. They are more and more a curiosity in the gardens.
The Tacca integrifolia is also called bat lily. It is one of the most original plants in the jungles of South-East Asia and now more and more a curiosity in the gardens. A series of black-purple and white flowers emerge from its curious rosette of lovely glossy green leaves. They do look like curious bats with their petals and and sepals curved to the outside and their hairy appendices. The Tacca chantrieri is another bat lily, but black and one of the rarest plants with this colour.
To grow them in a garden, you have to protect them from the direct sun and give them a lot of humidity in a rich and well drained soil. This wild black lily disappears with the hot season and reappears with the rain.
Among the 60 species of Taccae most originate from South-East Asia; my dear friends here from this part of the world certainly know them. Some species give flowers with different colours: green and brown, or green with yellow and purple marks. In the same family Tacca Leonpetaloides (arrow-root) is an important source of starch in the South Pacific area where it originates.
The Malay name is: Keladi murai
The Indonesian name is: Keladi murai
The Thai name is: Niam ruesee
Bat lily (tacca integrifolia).
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Bat lily with the glossy leaves (Taca Integrifolia).
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Tacca chantrieri, another bat lily.
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