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NTBG Plant Name:
Pandanus tectorius
Barcode:
PTBG1000000957
Specimen ID:
053009
Collector ID:
4286
Collector Name:
Michael J. Balick
Collection Date:
August 16, 2002
Herbarium Name:
NY
Other Herbarium:
NY
Determiner:
M. J. Balick, 2002
Observers:
T. Balick, R. Lee, Pelihter Raynor, Elipiana Amor, Robert Gallen and Nersin Aia
Region:
Micronesia
Country:
FM
Island Group:
CAROLINE ISLANDS
State:
POHNPEI STATE
County:
Pingelap Municipality
Plant Category:
monocot
Plant Description:
Tree to 5 m, dbh 15 cm, fruits green, segments maturing with yellow-orange base. Stilt roots. N.V. Kipar [Pohnpeian].
Ethnobotanical Notes:
fruit: Comestible. Fruit is best food on island. Boil pandanus fruit in water and eat or grind with taro. Cook in Uhmw (local pit oven) and eat (basal part of segment of fruit only). leaves: Weaving Material. To weave mats for sleeping. Cut leaves, cut spines off margins put on fire to heat dry or dry in sun. When dry, put in rolls and split to weave mats. root: Erosion Control. People have planted this near seaside to hold sand from washing away. wood: Construction Material. Used to make traditional houses from wood. Local traditional houses, of which there are only a few left, have posts made of coconut stem. Pandanus stilt roots are split and used as cross bars. Alos, pandanus stems are used for beams and posts, but this type of wood is weaker than coconut.
Habitat:
Seaside vegetation, swamp.
Associated Species:
Including coconut, pandanus, near taro (Cyrtosperma chamissonis) patch.
Date of Last Update:
April 26, 2022

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