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Tahitian screwpine

pandanus tectorius

Description:

this tree grows up to 50 feet tall. Plant is dioecious with male and female parts on opposite sides of the plant. The make flowers are dense clusters surrounded by large creamy white bracts. The female parts are in large, rounded pineapple like fruit heads composed of multiple wedged shaped fruits.

Habitat:

native (indigenous) to Hawaii

Notes:

Date and method of arrival in Hawaii: this tree was brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians, although some varieties where already present. Other interesting historical, cultural, or ecological information: this plant was used for various medicinal purposes. Aside from being eaten, they were also used for making leis and roots were used for cordage.

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Spotted on Sep 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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