Pandanus biakensis H.St.John
Pandanus parkinsonii Martelli
Pandanus pistillaris Martelli
Pandanus pseudopapuanus Martelli
Pandanus papuanus is a spiny, evergreen tree growing around 15 - 20 metres tall with a branched stem and prop roots up to 3 - 5 metres high[
]. Long, sword-shaped leaves grow in rosettes at the end of branches[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Maluku) east to New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and Caroline Islands
Swamps and tropical lowland rainforests[
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Species in this genus generally grow well in most moist, well-dained soils and a sunny position[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruits and seed are required.
The infructescence is a heavy, hard, compound fruit (often called a cephalium or syncarp) around 37cm long and 21cm in diameter. It is comprised of many phalanges - these are compacted groups of 10 - 11 individual fruits (drupes), arranged in clusters of 10 - 11[
]. We have not seen any reports regarding edibility[
The fibres extracted from the prop-roots are used as a source material for making strings, handicrafts (bags), and mats[
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