It’s a bat flower! The Tacca chantrieri’s common name comes from the fact it looks like a bat’s face or a bat in flight. Coloring varies from maroon to brown to black, but there is also a white species. The flowers have long whiskers trailing downward from the center. That doesn’t seem bat-like to me personally, but I won’t judge. The triangular parts in the center will open into smaller flowers, which make the plant look rather creepy to me. I read these are popular garden flowers, but there is very little information about them. They may or may not be orchids.
Have you ever seen these? Do you get the title reference?
illustration by me!