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Pandanus conoideus

Red Fruit Screw Pine

A large, branching, broad-leaved Pandanus found in lowland areas in New Guinea and some of its surrounding islands where it is popular for its large, slender infructescence that can grow as long as 1 m (3 ft.). The fruits, which can be a brilliant fire engine red or sometimes yellow, are the source of an important food product in New Guinea, and several cultivars are known. The ripe fruits are cooked until the oily pericarp separates from the seeds. The product is strained and becomes a sauce which is seasoned and eaten with sweet potatoes and other staple foods. Apart from a high oil content, the fruits are also very rich in antioxidants and beta carotene and are said to have anti-cancer properties. Apart from its great value as a food source, it is also a very ornamental plant but is little known outside of its native range. In cultivation, it does best in a humid tropical environment.

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Thank you for the P. conoideus seeds that I received this afternoon (March 28, 2013). I will follow your germinating protocol, and am looking forward to sending you good news when they germinate!
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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