Taxon: Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) Kuntze

Genus: Tacca
Family: Taccaceae
Nomen number: 70775
Place of publication: Revis. gen. pl. 2:704. 1891
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 31-May-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 31-May-2002
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Human food: potential as starch (fide Pl Res SEAs 9:159. 1996)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zimbabwe
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Mali ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Micronesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji ; Samoa

  • Cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Backer, C. A. & R. C. Bakhuizen van den Brink, Jr. Flora of Java. (F Java)
  • Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. Flores des Mascareignes. (F Mascar)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. (F China)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Flach, M. & F. Rumawas, eds. 1996. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates (Pl Res SEAs) 9:156-159.
  • George, A. S., ed. Flora of Australia. (F Aust)
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard) 4:428.
  • Jardin botanique national de Belgique Flore du Congo, du Rwanda et du Burundi (Flore d'Afrique centrale). (F Afr Centr)
  • Keay, R. W. J. & F. N. Hepper Flora of west tropical Africa, ed. 2. (F WT Afr)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. (F Viti)
  • Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. Flora of Thailand. (F Thailand)
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. (F Males)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  • Wagner, W. L. et al. Manual of the flowering plants of Hawai'i. 1990 (F Hawaii)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) Kuntze :


  • Embryo drawing: U.S. National Seed Herbarium drawing
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image