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Pandanus utilis

Madagascar Screw Pine

A large species from Madagascar that produces a robust, stilt-rooted trunk and a thick, densely spiralling crown of mildly spiny, light green or sometimes slightly blue-green leaves with very attractive red margins. Best suited to the tropics and warm subtropics, P. utilis is perhaps the most popular screw pine in cultivation.

 
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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy to germinate, in a closed tube filled with wet compost.
Submitted on 12/11/2005 by Ménart Benoît benoit_menart@yahoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds are easy to germinate. About 30 to 45 days to sprout. each seed bears 6-7 embryos, some times more. The species is diouceous, so that femnale plants alone won't bear avaible seeds. Substrate can be sandy.
Submitted on 24/10/2004 by Ricardo Marinho rmarinho@roadnet.com.br

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