Pandanus utilis

The common screwpine (Pandanus utilis) is, despite its name, a tropical tree and not a pine. It originated in Madagascar and Mauritius , and has been successfully grown by gardeners in Puerto Rico, Florida, and California.

The fruit of Pandanus utilis is edible, although not flavourful, to humans. It attracts mammals such as, in North America, squirrels.

The plant does not lose its leaves in the autumn, having come from a tropical region. The leaves are linear and spiny, with a spiral arrangement on the tree. Care must be taken when handling the leaves because of their sharp spines. An allergic reaction or skin irritation may occur to the one handling.


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