The bat flower, also called Devil’s flower, owes its common names to the unusual flower, often black or brown, but always with a shape reminiscent of a bat. The leaves are large and shiny, reminiscent of spathiphyllums. Batflowers are shade-loving plants grown as ornamentals for their bold foliage and large, odd flowers.
A herbaceous perennial, Tacca chantrieri is native to Yunnan in southern China, but also occurs in Burma and Thailand. It is a frost-resistant plant that can only be grown in a hot and humid greenhouse.