Black Bat Flower

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The black bat flower (Tacca chantrieri) is commonly known as devil flower, and voodoo flower. This beautiful species is native to the tropical parts of south east Asia, mostly Thailand and Malaysia. It is an unusual plant as is has flowers which are somewhat bat-shaped, and measure up to 12 inches across and "whiskers" that can grow up to 28 inches. The flowers bloom late spring to autumn, and the plant can flower up to 8 times throughout the season. A lot of superstition amongst the locals has arisen from this flower - Allegedly, an evil eye will start following you if you spend too much time looking at it. Another belief tells that too much time spent gazing into the flower will result in the death of a close relative. Unfortunately, this plant is very rare in the wild due to illegal cultivation. It is not easily cultivated as it requires specific environmental conditions to survive.