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Common name

English: Black Bat Flower

German: Fledermausblume

Mandarin: 箭根薯 (jian gen shu)


Kingdom: Plantae (2666)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2580)

    Class: Liliopsida (393)

      Order: Dioscoreales (13)

        Family: Dioscoreaceae (13)(family description)

          Genus: Tacca (2)

            Epithet: chantrieri André (1)

Synonym: Schizocapsa breviscapa (Ostenf.) 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


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: purple

External links

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World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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