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Pandanus spp.

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(Pandanus, Screw pine)

FAMILY

Pandanaceae

Species

Pandanus spp.

Common name(s)

Pandanus, Screw pine

Flower colour; life form

Cream, shrub

Campus

Townsville

Description

These species are commonly found in swamps, and along watercourses. The leaves are arranged spirally and appear twisted, the fruiting body resembles a large pineapple, the individual nuts separate from the core when ripe. Pandanus cookii ( syn. P. whitei) occurs on Townsville campus; Pandanus gemmifer can be found planted just outside the Crowther theatre in Cairns. There appear to be no characters unique to either P.gemmifer and P conicus. Current studies indicate that the two species may be combined in future and that there is a lot of morphological variation present.

Pandanus spp.