Jeanneretia littoralis Gaudich.
Pandanus aimiriikensis Martelli
Pandanus aruensis Martelli
Pandanus brevispathus Martelli
Pandanus columniformis Fagerl.
Pandanus freycinetioides (Gaudich.) Kurz
Pandanus humilis Rumph. ex Miq.
Pandanus japensis Martelli
Pandanus kurzianus Solms
Pandanus littoralis (Gaudich.) Kurz
Pandanus macrojeanneretia Martelli
Pandanus peliliuensis Kaneh.
Souleyetia freycinetioides Gaudich.
Pandanus polycephalus is an evergreen, clump-forming shrub growing about 4 metres tall.
The edible leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea to the Solomon and Caroline Islands in the Pacific.
]. Thickets near the seashore[
Branches do not have dormant buds and so will not resprout if cut back into the old wood[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruits and seed are required.
Young leaves - raw[
]. It is probably the inner portion at the base of the leaf that is eaten[
Although no specific records have yet been seen for this species, most members of this genus also have more or less edible fruits and seeds[
The cylindrical fruit is a syncarp made up of a number of individual drupes[
]. Individual drupes are hard, woody wedges - each containing a few, slender seeds[
]. Each wedge has a fleshy base imbued with a sweet-smelling, orange pulp that in many species has a delicious flavour[
]. This pulp needs to be cooked in order to destroy a deleterious substance[
The seed often has a delicious nutty flavour when eaten raw or cooked, though it is fiddly to extract[
]. Seeds contain 44 - 50% fat and 20 - 34% protein[
Although we have seen no specific records for this species, the leaves of most members of this genus are used locally for weaving a range of items such as mats, bags and baskets. The leaves, which are usually tough and fibrous, are long, narrow and sword-shaped and can easily be split into strips for weaving[
The leaves of this species are about 90cm long by 45mm wide at the base.
Seed - best pre-soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing[
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