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Published In: Journal of a voyage to the South Seas 46. 1773. (J. Voy. South Seas) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
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Contributor Text: SAOOD OMER
Flower/Fruit: Pl. Per.: March-June.
Type: Type: Described from Tahiti (fide Stone in Kew Bull. 31: 57. 1976).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan, India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Andaman, New Hebrides, Tahiti and Australia.
Comment/Acknowledgements: It seems either that female plants are very rare or do not exist in our area, as none were encountered during the study.
Illustration: Pandanus tectorius Parkinson (Illustration)
Map Location: G-4 Karachi, Governor House, cultivated, 19.3.1973, Sultanul Abedin & M. Qaiser 9865 (KUH); Malir, Darsano Chano, cultivated, 28.6.1983, Abrar Husain s.n. (KUH).


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A gregarious shrub, up to 7 m high with bent stems supported by aerial roots. Leaves ensiform, caudate-acuminate, 0.75-1.75 m long, margin spinose, spines pointing forward. Inflorescence axillary. Male flowers: a cylindric spike of numerous flowers, 4-11 x 2-2.5 cm, enveloped in white fragrant spathes; anthers longer than filament, basifixed. Female flowers: carpels in groups of (4-) 6-16; stigmas short, reniform. Drupe an aggregate of phalanges, 15-25 cm long.
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