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[
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[
Australasia - western New Guinea
Primary forest; at elevations from 1,600 - 2,500 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
Plants can produce seeds all year round[
The small seed is hard to extract from the thick shells - it is often cracked between two stones[
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[
Seed - cooked[
]. The seed is small and hard to extract from the thick shells[
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[
The leaves are used for thatching[
Seed - can be slow to generate.
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