Botanical name: Tacca chantrieri Family: Dioscoreaceae (Yam family)
Bat flower or Devil Flower is native to Southeast Asia. The purple-black flower looks somewhat like a flying bat, a sinister face or a mean cat with lots of whiskers. Bat flower is bat-like in color, shape and quite a complex plant with interesting side bracts of dark shiny green and white leaves. After flowering, berries are produced. Taccas have beautiful foliage and one of the most interesting flower ever seen. However, they can be picky sometimes regarding their environmental conditions. When they like the conditions, they grow, flower a lot, and even produce babies. When something is not right, they slowly decline and eventually die.
The flower labeled Bat Flower is ...