Common Name: Tum
Pandanus limbatus is a small evergreen tree with a main stem around 2 - 5 metres tall and 6 - 7cm in diameter. The sword-shaped leaves are around 170cm long and 8 - 9cm wide, arranged in clusters at the branch apices[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Australasia - New Guinea
Rainforest, at elevations around 750 metres[
]. Occasional on banks of small streams in the ridge-forests; at elevations around 100 metres[
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Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The ovoid compound fruit (cephalium) is around 40cm long, and 20cm wide, weighing 5 kilos or more when fresh[
The leaves are used for thatching[
Although we have seen no other 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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