Screw Palm

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Pandanus Palm
Pandanus tectorius

Family : Pandanaceae

The Pandanus species are palms with one or more trunks to 15 metres. Leaves of the Screw Palm are long, to 1.5 metres. They are rigid and tapering, with prickly spines along the edges that can easily cut bare hands. They are light green and arranged spirally at the end of each branch. The lower leaves can be pruned to improve appearance in gardens.

The trunk is slender and light coloured with a tough exterior. The flowers are very tiny on separate male and female plants. The fruit is orange. These are wedge shaped, woody and clustered together. The clumps can grow to be over 30 cm.

This plant likes well-drained soils and is tender to frosts. Seeds propagate and grow easily. This tall tree is attractive to numerous wetland birds and particularly Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Crimson Finches.


Quick Facts

Flowers September to December
Fruit December to January
Coastal Zone Dune Crest - Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds
Growth Habit Large Tree
Typical Height <15m
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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