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Curious, bat-like inflorescence both in shape and color, with wide spreading, wing-like bracts of rich maroon-black, accompanied by long trailing filaments or "whiskers". The small black flowers are succeeded by heavy berries, corrugated olive-green leaves with oblique base. These are interesting, evergreen, perennial and herbaceous plants that grow wild in many tropical climates. They can be grown in humid, tropical greenhouses. See page about Tacca.
The plant is usually dormant for part of the year and dies down to the ground. Flowers are borne on tall stalks in greenish-purple clusters, with long trailing bracts.
Similar species - T. plantaginea has whole leaves vs divided leaves of T. leontopetaloides
A small growing tuberous Tacca with maple-leaf-shaped leathery leaves and tall slender spikes of pale purple to green flowers backed by a clover-leaf of green bracts.
A rich, moist, well-drained soil and a lightly shaded but not too dark position give the best results.
The genus Tinospora has about 32 species distributed in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Asia to Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Tinospora cordifolia and related species such as Tinospora crispa and Tinospora rumphii Boerl are used in Ayurvedic and Jamu herbal medicine.
Previously known as the "equitant Oncidiums," the species were segregated from the mega-genus Oncidium.