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Tacca leontopetaloides, Green Bat Flower, Polynesian Arrowroot

Tacca leontopetaloides

Green Bat Flower, Polynesian Arrowroot
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Origin: Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands
Small plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterUnusual colorEthnomedical plant.
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Tacca leontopetaloides, also known as the Green Bat Flower, thrives in shady or semi-shaded areas and requires regular or moderate amounts of water. It is native to Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands and is cultivated in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. It is a small plant, growing 2-5 ft tall, with glossy, dark green, divided leaves and an unusual, intricate, deep-purple-black flower. The flower has a yellow-green center and long, trailing bracts.

When growing Tacca leontopetaloides, it is recommended to pot the plant in soil with good drainage. During the summer, water lightly and fertilize once with a balanced liquid fertilizer mix. During the winter months, water less frequently and reduce fertilizing. If you live in a cold region, it is advisable to bring the plant indoors during cold winter months.

Tacca leontopetaloides is known for its ethnomedical properties and for its ornamental value. It has been used to treat various ailments such as fever and to relieve muscle pain.

In conclusion, Tacca leontopetaloides is a small shrub that requires minimal maintenance. It is easy to grow, in shady or semi-shaded areas, and requires regular or moderate amounts of water.

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