Tacca integrifolia (PROSEA)

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Tacca integrifolia Ker Gawl.

Protologue: Bot. Mag. 35: t. 1488 (1912).


Tacca cristata Jack (1821), Tacca laevis Roxb. (1832).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: puar lilipan (Sumatra), kumis ucing, curug lukur (Java)
  • Malaysia: keladi murai, kelemoyang ayer (Peninsular)
  • Thailand: man phlaen, wan phangphon, nilaphusi (peninsular)
  • Vietnam: ngải rợm.


India, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, southern China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, western Java and Borneo.


In Peninsular Malaysia pulped rhizomes are applied to the skin to treat rash. In Thailand a decoction of the rhizome is used to treat hypotension and as an aphrodisiac, and in Vietnam to treat irregular menses. T. integrifolia is sometimes planted in gardens as an ornamental.


A perennial herb with cylindrical rhizome up to 12 cm × 3 cm; leaves oblong to lanceolate, 7.5-65 cm × 3-24 cm, entire, petiole 4.5-41 cm long; inflorescence with scape up to 65(-100) cm long, 4 large, non-decussate involucral bracts, many filiform bracts and up to 30 flowers; flowers up to 3.2 cm in diameter, green to blackish-violet; fruit 2.5-5 cm × 1-2.5 cm, green to black; seeds ovoid to oblong-ovoid. T. integrifolia occurs in primary and secondary forest, up to 1200(-1500) m altitude.

Selected sources

121, 173, 247, 249.

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R.H.M.J. Lemmens