A most unusual form of ‘Bat Plant’ with the bizarre flowers with long tendrils. This one mimics the look of an Amorphophallus, with the petiolate umbrella leaf but is in the Dioscoreaceae or yam family. The inflorescence is on its own stem, coming from the tuber.
In nature this plant is found in Africa, across Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and has been spread by humans across the Indo-Pacific as food. Amazingly, it remains rare in collections. This plant is known as Polynesian Arrowroot, Pia, and on Singapore; the Seashore Bat Lily.
The leaves are light green, on a tall petiole, to over three feet in some, deeply incised with many lobes. The flowers in this species are mainly green to slightly purple, with long ‘whiskers’. A deciduous species that when dormant should be allowed to dry out somewhat. New growth and flowers will appear in spring.
Love the plant and it looks very healthy and happy!