A couple of years ago however, I adopted a few. They were the flightless Tacca Chantrieri which is vegetative; definitely not the gothic mammal I have an aversion to.
However, all the Tacca Chantrieri seedlings, bar one, succumbed to root rot.
The lone survivor bore a flower, but that first bat was a miniature. The greenish-grey bloom was no bigger than my thumb nail but had the requisite trademark bat shape and whiskers.
I moved the Tacca from the confines of its pot into a trough. And, yeaaay! Subsequent flowers had longer whisker-like bracts and larger sootier ‘wings’.
These showy bracts overshadow the buds that hang in umbels from the centre. The buds bloom in turn and the reflexed petals of the small black flowers cup the reproductive organs.
So far, however, my Tacca Chantrieri has not produced any seed pods. I’ll try pollinating the flowers when they bloom next and see if I can get some seeds.
Do I really want more plants? Well, why not?
The Tacca Chantrieri may not win any prizes for being a conventional beauty, but this bat flower can hold its own with its unique and intriguing form.
Care and propagation:
Semi-shade to full sun; light, well-drained soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds or rhizomes.