Common Name: Iwen
Pandanus iwen is an evergreen tree growing around 8 metres tall. It has a trunk around 20 - 25cm in diameter with prop roots up to 200cm long. The sword-shaped leaves are around 155cm long and 11 - 12cm wide, arranged in clusters at the branch apices[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible seeds, which are a highly esteemed food in New Guinea[
Australasia - New Guinea
Nothofagus forest in the lower upper-montane zone.
Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. The ellipsoid, compound fruit (cephalium) is around 20cm in diameter and weighs around 5.6 kilos[
Although we have seen no specific records for this species, the leaves of most members of this genus are used locally for weaving a range of items such as mats, bags and baskets. The leaves, which are usually tough and fibrous, are long, narrow and sword-shaped and can easily be split into strips for weaving[
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