Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) Kuntze

 
  • Family : TACCACEAE
    (Batflower Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BAGH-MOOCHH FAMILY (बाघ-मूंछ फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : DIOSCOREACEAE
  • Basionym : Leontice leontopetaloides L.
  • Synonym(s) : Tacca pinnatifida J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) Kuntze
  • Common name : Fiji arrow root, Tahiti arrow root, Bat plant
  • Vernacular name : Dhoi (Oria); Pedda kanda gadda (Telugu); Deve-kanda (Marathi); Chainay, Vawval chedi, Vouval chedi (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Stream banks of mixed forests. Also grown as garden plant
  • Comments / notes : Not common. Found growing among bushes and in grasslands
  • Flower, Fruit : July-October
  • Collector(s) Name : Arun Singh, Raja K. Swamy & K. Sankara Rao
  • Collection Date : 27/11/2014
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-0241; KFP 14647; KFP 2037
  • Collection Locality : Sadasivakona, Chittoor district (AP)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kurnool district, Srikakulam district, West Godavari district, East Godavari district, Vizianagaram district, Vishakapatnam district, Chittoor district
    • Telangana : Nizamabad district, Adilabad district
    • Karnataka : Mysuru district, Udupi district, Uttara Kannada district, Dakshina Kannada district, Kodagu (Coorg) district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Maharashtra : Amravati district, Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Chandrapur district, Nagpur district, Nashik district, Pune district, Raigad district, Ratnagiri district, Sindhudurg district, Thane district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district
  • World Distribution : Widely distributed in the old world tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; B. D. Sharma, S. Karthikeyan & N. P. Singh 1996 - Flora of Maharashtra state - Monocotyledons; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Flora of Coorg district, Karnataka state; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Pullaiah, 1997. Fl. Andhra Pradesh, vol. 3.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Tacca leontopetaloides. Downloaded on 2 June 2020.

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