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Author: Éduard-François André, 1901
Origin:  Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hainan, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam
Soil:  Sphagnum - Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  Dark Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Names:  Chinese Tiger whisker, Bat Flower, Devil Flower, Devil's Tongue
Synonyms:  Tacca minor Ridl. 1907.
Tacca paxiana
H. Limpr. 1928.
Tacca esquirolii
 Rehder, 1936.
Schizocapsa itagakii
Yamam. 1942.
Schizocapsa breviscapa, H.Limpr.
Tacca garrettii
Tacca macrantha,
Tacca minor,
Tacca roxburghii,
Tacca vespertilio,
Tacca wilsonii,
Clerodendrum esquirolii,
By mistake?: Tacca chantrierei.

This member of the Taccaceae family was named by Éduard-François André in 1901. Several people have been naming it since, but the first name remains in use. It is found in several countries in the tropical part of south-eastern Asia. It preferring a well drained rich peat like sphagnum, lots of water and not too much sun. The rhizomes will grow up to six centimetres in diameter, the whole plant can grow up to one meter. The spectacular flowers are dark brown.

The species name from the Indonesian name, taka.  The species name after Chantrier Frères, a nurserymen of Mortefontaine, France.

This plant needs a rather high humidity.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Taccaceae is now part of the Dioscoreaceae.