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Family Pandanaceae

HAWAII - INDIGENOUS

Pandanus tectorius

Ho'omaluhia BG, Kaneohe, Oahu

 

Male Flowers, Waimanalo Beach, Oahu

 

 

UH Manoa, Oahu

 

 

Striped Cultivar, UH Manoa, Oahu

PANDANUS or SCREWPINE    HALA

Clump-forming tree of coastal & lowland wet forests.  Prop roots give this plant a distinctive appearance.  Male flowers are borne in white bracts.  A variety with yellow striped leaves lacking spines is popular in large gardens.  Most parts were used by islanders.  Leaves have a variety of uses including mats, hats, baskets, and home building.  Native from Indonesia east throughout Melanesia, Micronesia, & Polynesia including Hawaii.  Brought to Hawaii by early Polynesians in addition to natural dispersal by floating seeds.

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