Tacca chantrieri André

Devil Flower

Leaves 3-12 with blades to 0.5 m long. Flower cluster sometimes with over 20 flowers. Bracts 4 in 2 pairs at right angles. Floral bracts thread-like, to 20 cm long, greenish to violet. Flowers pale green at first becoming reddish-purple to black. Perianth lobes spreading to bent backwards. Fruit to 4 cm wide, green to reddish, orange or purple.

SE Asia & NE India


T. integrifolia Ker Gawl. from NE India and Malesia is occasionally available.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Taccaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Dioscoreales
family       Taccaceae
genus        Tacca J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.