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Useful Tropical Plants

Pandanus iwen

B.C.Stone

Pandanaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Iwen

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General Information

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[
1826
Title
Pandanus from Ok Tedi Region, Papua New Guinea, Collected by Debra Donoghue
Publication
Economic Botany, 38(3), 1984, pp. 304-313
Author
Stone B.C.
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible seeds, which are a highly esteemed food in New Guinea[
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
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1826
Title
Pandanus from Ok Tedi Region, Papua New Guinea, Collected by Debra Donoghue
Publication
Economic Botany, 38(3), 1984, pp. 304-313
Author
Stone B.C.
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Australasia - New Guinea

Habitat

Nothofagus forest in the lower upper-montane zone.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

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.
]

Edible Uses

Seed - raw or cooked[
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 ellipsoid, compound fruit (cephalium) is around 20cm in diameter and weighs around 5.6 kilos[
1826
Title
Pandanus from Ok Tedi Region, Papua New Guinea, Collected by Debra Donoghue
Publication
Economic Botany, 38(3), 1984, pp. 304-313
Author
Stone B.C.
Publisher
 
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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