Ananas magdalenae (André) Standl. ex Standl. & S.Calderón
Bromelia longissima Pos.-Arang.
Bromelia magdalenae (André) C.H.Wright
Chevaliera magdalenae André
Chevalieria magdalenae André
Common Name: Pingwing
Pingwing is a perennial herb with fierce spines, growing to a height of about 2.5 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use for its fibre and edible fruit[
]. Large amounts of the fibre are said to be separated in northern Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The plant is also cultivated occasionally for ornament or as a curiosity in Guatemala City and probably elsewhere[
Northwestern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Abundant throughout the forest, often forming dense stands[
]. Forests and thickets, usually found at elevations below 500 metres in Guatemala[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Fruit - raw or cooked. The fleshy fruits are sweet and very tasty[
]. An acid flavour, they are said to be better when made into beverages[
]. The elliptic to ovate fruits are 5 - 6 cm long, to ca 2 cm. diameter[
]. The yellow fruit becomes orange and soft at maturity[
A fibre of excellent quality is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is used for making rope and twine[
]. The leaves are retted in water, and fibre is usually extracted by pounding them on stones in running water[
]. It is a very fine and tough fibre, much used for hammocks, bags and string[
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