Pandanus foetidus racemosus Trimen
Pandanus thwaitesii is a densely-branched evergreen shrub growing 100 - 180cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruits, and for its leaves which are used to weave mats etc and as a source of fibre. It is also planted as a fence along paddy fields and is grown as an ornamental in Indian gardens where it is valued especially for the fragrant flowers[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka.
Moist low country; common, but usually planted as a fence for paddy fields[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
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.
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[
Although no specific records have yet been seen for this species, most members of this genus also have more or less edible seeds and inner leaf bases[
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 plant is often grown as a fence for paddy fields[
The leaves are used to make chair mats[
Fibres from the leaves are used for making mats, brushes and diverse domestic articles[
Seed - best pre-soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing[
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