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Pandanus antaresensis

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Pandanaceae

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General Information

Pandanus antaresensis is an evergreen tree with a branching crown; it can grow up to 33 metres tall. The bole can be unbranched for the first 16 metres, and produces prominent aerial stilt roots that can be up to 10 metres long, with large spines near the base. Long, spear-shaped leaves up to 230cm long and 10cm wide are produced in clusters near the ends of the branches[
867
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Volume 70
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis
Year
1983
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal. This edition includes an article on the arborescent Bauhinias of tropical America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
1819
Title
Ethnobotany of Wopkaimin Pandanus: Significant Papua New Guinea Plant Resource
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1984), pp. 287-303
Author
Hyndman D.C.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254642
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
,
1822
Title
Revision of the Genus Pandanus Stickman, Part 35 Additional Pandanus Species from New Guinea
Publication
Pacific Science (1973) Vol. 27, No 1, pp 44-91
Author
St.John H.
Publisher
 
Year
1973
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials. It is also sometimes cultivated for its edible seed[
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1822
Title
Revision of the Genus Pandanus Stickman, Part 35 Additional Pandanus Species from New Guinea
Publication
Pacific Science (1973) Vol. 27, No 1, pp 44-91
Author
St.John H.
Publisher
 
Year
1973
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Australasia - western New Guinea

Habitat

Primary forest; at elevations from 1,600 - 2,500 metres[
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
,
1822
Title
Revision of the Genus Pandanus Stickman, Part 35 Additional Pandanus Species from New Guinea
Publication
Pacific Science (1973) Vol. 27, No 1, pp 44-91
Author
St.John H.
Publisher
 
Year
1973
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height23.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
]
Plants can produce seeds all year round[
1819
Title
Ethnobotany of Wopkaimin Pandanus: Significant Papua New Guinea Plant Resource
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1984), pp. 287-303
Author
Hyndman D.C.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254642
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The small seed is hard to extract from the thick shells - it is often cracked between two stones[
1819
Title
Ethnobotany of Wopkaimin Pandanus: Significant Papua New Guinea Plant Resource
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1984), pp. 287-303
Author
Hyndman D.C.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254642
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The prominent aerial stilt roots with their large spines make this species very difficult to climb - it is the only nut- or oil- bearing Pandanus in New Guinea that is harvested by simply collecting the fallen, ripened cephalia from the ground[
1819
Title
Ethnobotany of Wopkaimin Pandanus: Significant Papua New Guinea Plant Resource
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1984), pp. 287-303
Author
Hyndman D.C.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254642
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
]. The seed is small and hard to extract from the thick shells[
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
].
The fruits are large clusters made up of groups of 5 nuts. When ripe, the fruits turn red and the nuts drop to the ground individually. They are usually harvested after they fall from the trees - the outside fibres are burnt off and then the shells split to release the seeds[
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatching[
1819
Title
Ethnobotany of Wopkaimin Pandanus: Significant Papua New Guinea Plant Resource
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1984), pp. 287-303
Author
Hyndman D.C.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254642
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed - can be slow to generate.
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