Saturday, January 19, 2008

This first picture is of one of my screw pines ( Pandanas Utilis ). This plant is from Madagascar. It is very tropical and extremely beautiful as a small plant and then even better as a tree. Don't let this plant fool you though, it is also extremely dangerous too. The fronds on the screw pine are very sharp . You can run your hand up the frond but not down, and if getting sliced open isn't enough there is also a poison on the tips. This poison can be extremely irritating leaving a harsh rash or worse. Don't be afraid though just be careful, anyway most plants in some way require caution. The screw pine can grow somewhere around 10-20 ft. What attracts me to the screw pine is the screw like pattern in which it grows. The baby one in the first picture is yellowing for some reason. If anyone has any advice on what to do, please share with me. I am excited to see how it will look being that this is a two banger, meaning that there are two of them. The next 3 pictures are of a much bigger screw pine that is in Fort Pierce. This Pandanas utilis is about to start turning into a tree. The shape is like a Christmas tree as you can see in the last 2 pictures. I hope you enjoyed my pictures of the Screw Pine ( Pandanas utilis ).