By Daria / July 12, 2013 Share Tweet Pin Share Share Every once in a while I discover a new plant that totally enchants me. My latest discovery is Pandalus utilis, with a common name Screw Pine, tropical tree from Madagascar. I met one in person, a few days ago, at the Sunken Gardens botanical gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida. The appearance of the tree is palm-like. Leaves at the end of the branches remind me of a pineapple plant. To me, its fruits also look a lot like pineapples. They are edible if cooked first. The taste of a raw fruit is said to not be very appealing to humans. . . Image credits . . Screw pine is an evergreen and its leaves need to be handled carefully because of the sharp spines along the edges. In India and Hawaii, dried leaves are rolled and and weaved into mats and other hand crafts by local artisans. . . Image credits . . Screw Pine tree does well in tropical coastal areas for its tolerance of salt spray and salty soil, and often used for erosion control of sand dunes. With plenty of water and humidity it will grow faster and more lush, outdoors in frost-free areas, and indoors with temperatures above 55°F (12.7°C). . . . . Related articles: Pandanus utilis al tree and not a pine It is native to Madagascar Mauritius and the Seychelles The screw pine has been shown to have many uses.… Pandan Chicken Chicken Wrapped in Screwpine Leaves Feats ofPandan Chicken Chicken Wrapped in Screwpine Leaves June 3rd 2013 Sharon. pandan chicken 1w. The origin of pandan chicken is 3 Chicken breasts cut into square pieces. Pandan Screwpine leaves washed and dried. Toothpicks.… The Phytophactor Friday Fabulous Flower a screwpineHere’s and interesting and in our glasshouse unreliable flowerer a member of the screwpine family Pandanaceae Freycinetia multiflora. As can be seen the stem and foliage give this scrambling shrubby vine a bamboo-y.… Pandanus utilius on Floridata Exploring the world of trees Macrocosm, Flora, Fauna, Events, Funny, Persons, Places, Whereabouts . .