Common name: Screw Pine
Pandanus tectorius Parkinson ex Du Roi APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 5 m high, with prop roots; stem much-branched; stem and branches ringed with distinct leaf scars.
Leaves in 4 rows, spiralled, crowded towards apex of stems or branches, simple, linear, up to 1 m long, 5–8 cm wide, margins recurved, margins and midrib prickly, base sheathing.
Male spikes formed into columns by the fused filaments of the anthers. Female spikes pedunculate, 5–12 cm long. Carpels united into groups of 7–11, forming a hard phalange. Phalanges aggregated onto a thick rachis into an ovoid, infructescence up to 25 cm diam.
Fruit a drupe; seed solitary.
Flowering: ?throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on exposed coastal headlands and along beaches; north from Port Macquarie district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by A. K. Brooks
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. australianus|
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