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Common name

English: Polynesian arrowroot

German: Ostindische Pfeilwurz


Kingdom: Plantae (2605)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2502)

    Class: Liliopsida (387)

      Order: Dioscoreales (2)

        Family: Dioscoreaceae (13)(family description)

          Genus: Tacca (2)

            Epithet: leontopetaloides (L.) Kuntze (1)

Synonyms: Chaitaea tacca Sol. ex Seem., Tacca abyssinica Hochst. ex Baker, Tacca artocarpifolia Seem., Tacca brownii Seem.

abyssinica => from Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

artocarpifolia => leaves similar to those in the genera Artocarpus

leontopetaloides => fringed petals resembling a lion's mane


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

External links

Check for Tacca leontopetaloides at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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