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The flower by Scott from USA,


Author: John Bellenden Ker Gawler, 1812
Origin:  Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, East Himalaya, India, Java, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sumatera; Indonesia, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam
Soil:  Sphagnum
Water:  Max
Sun:  Min
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  120 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Light Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Names:  White Bat Flower, Giant Bat Plant
Synonyms:  Tacca laevis, William Roxburgh.
Ataccia integrifolia,
Carel Bořivoj Presl 1828.
Ataccia aspera, Kunth.
Ataccia laevis,
Ataccia lancifolia,
Tacca aspera,
Tacca choudhuriana,
Tacca lancifolia,
Zoll. & Moritzi.
Tacca rafflesiana,
Jack ex Wall.
Tacca sumatrana,

This member of the Taccaceae family was named by John Bellenden Ker Gawler in 1812.  It is found in eastern Himalayas from Bhutan to Northeast India. It preferring a well drained rich soil like sphagnum, lots of water and not too much sun. The rhizomes will grow up to eight centimetres in diameter, the whole plant can grow up to 1,2 meter. The spectacular flowers are white to light pink.

The species name from the Indonesian name, taka.  The species name from Latin integri - folia; 'with entire leaves'.

This plant needs a high humidity.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Taccaceae is now part of the Dioscoreaceae.