Pandanus tectorius

COMMON NAME

Tahitian screwpine, hala tree, Pandanus, and pu hala in Hawaiian

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Pandanaceae

NOTES

Pandanus tectorius is a small tree growing 20 to 30 feet in height and from 15 to 35 feet in diameter. It has distinctive long blade-like leaves (lau hala) about 2 inches wide and over 2 feet long. The leaves are spirally arranged towards the ends of the branches and leave a spiral pattern on the trunk when they fall. Pandanus tectorius trees develop support or prop roots (ule hala) at the base of the trunk and sometimes along the branches.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Australia, Malay peninsula, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, southeastern Asia

NATIVE HABITAT

Coastal areas with oceanic conditions

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

hawaii.edu

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Pandanus tectorius