Common name: Screwpine
Malay name: Pandan
Scientific name: Pandanus amaryllifolius
Conservation status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A shrub or small tree with long, slightly pleated leaves. Leaves are fragrant and spirally arranged.
Habit: Perennial shrub
Cultivation: It is planted by stem cuttings & suckers (side shoots that emerge from the base of a plant)
Ecological function: It is a host plant for moth caterpillars. It provides shelter for small vertebrates.
Pollinator: No data
Soil: Fertile loamy soils
Moisture: Well-drained soils
Shade: Partial shade, no shade
Use in crafting: The leaves of this plant are chopped and mixed with flowers to make potpourris. People weave the leaves into baskets and sleeping mats.
Other use: The leaves are used as food containers. People also use them to colour and flavour dishes or beverages. An essential oil extracted from the leaves has insect-repellent activity.