Pandanus delestangii Martelli
Pandanus kimberleyanus H.St.John
Pandanus oblanceoloideus H.St.John
Pandanus spechtii H.St.John
Pandanus aquaticus is an evergreen tree growing around 4 - 7 metres tall. The slender stem has prop roots. The sword-shaped leaves are around 130cm long and 6cm wide, arranged in clustes at the ends of the branches[1823
The tree provides edible fruits, seeds and leaves, as well as material for making mats, bags etc. It is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Australia - Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland.
Mainly on riverbanks.
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Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
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.
Fruit - it needs to be cooked to destroy a deleterious substance[
]. The cylindrical fruit is a syncarp made up of a number of individual drupes[
]. Individual drupes are hard, orange woody wedges 5 - 10cm long - each containing a few, slender seeds[
]. Each wedge has a fleshy base imbued with a sweet-smelling, orange pulp[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. A delicious nutty flavour when eaten raw or cooked, though they are fiddly to extract[
]. Seeds contain 44 - 50% fat and 20 - 34% protein[
Inner base of young leaves - raw[
The tough, fibrous leaves are used for weaving bags, cloaks etc[
]. The leaves, which are usually tough and fibrous, are long, narrow and sword-shaped and can easily be split into strips for weaving[
The soft trunks have been lashed together to make rafts[
Seed - best pre-soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing[
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