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Common name

English: Black Bat Flower

German: Fledermausblume

Mandarin: 箭根薯 (jian gen shu)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Liliopsida (389)

      Order: Dioscoreales (2)

        Family: Dioscoreaceae (13)(family description)

          Genus: Tacca (2)

            Epithet: chantrieri André (1)

Synonyms: Clerodendrum esquirolii H.Lév., Schizocapsa breviscapa (Ostenf.) H.Limpr., Schizocapsa itagakii Yamam., Tacca esquirolii (H.Lév.) Rehder, Tacca garrettii Craib, Tacca macrantha H.Limpr., Tacca minor Ridl., Tacca paxiana H.Limpr., Tacca roxburghii H.Limpr., Tacca vespertilio Ridl., Tacca wilsonii H.Limpr.

breviscapa => having a short scape (flower stem)

chantrieri => in honor of Chantrier Frères, famous horticulturalists of Mortefontaine, France, in the second half of the nineteenth century

esquirolii => in honor of Joseph Henri Esquirol (1870-1934), French missionary, linguist and plant collector in Yunnan, P.R. China

macrantha => large-flowered

minor => smaller, lesser


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: purple

External links

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