Pandanus radicans is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 8 metres tall with long, wide leaves[
The leaves are gathered from the wild and used locally for making mats, bags etc. The wood and a fibre obtained from the prop roots are also utilized.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Forests at low elevations[
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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.
Although no specific records have yet been seen for this species, most members of this genus have more or less edible fruits, seeds and inner leaf bases[
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[
Inner base of young leaves - raw[
The leaves are used for making coarse mats, bags, and sometimes hats[
Fibres extracted from the long prop roots have been used for weaving a fine cloth, though it is said that these fibres are no longer utilized[
The wood has been found to be excellent for the manufacture of splints used in making baskets; in fact, they are reported to be superior to rattans for this purpose[
Seed - best pre-soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing[
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