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Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Ananas
  • Ananassa Lindl.
  • Pseudananas Hassl. ex Harms in H.G.A.Engler

Ananas is a plant genus of the bromeliad family (Bromeliaceae), native to South America and Central America,[1] which includes the species Ananas comosus, the pineapple.[2]

This genus originated in Mesoamerica and was brought to the Caribbean Islands by the Carib natives. The oldest register with the representation of the fruit seems to be included in the Cascajal Block, attributed to the Olmec civilization.[1]

In 1493, Christopher Columbus first saw plants of this genus in Guadeloupe. It was brought from Brazil to Europe by the Portuguese, and from there was distributed to the Pacific Islands by the Spanish and the English. Commercial pineapple plantations were established in Hawaii, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Florida, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The pineapple has become one of the world's most popular fruits.[1]

The tough leaves grow in large rosettes, arising basally from a crown. These leaves are long and lanceolate with a serrated or thorny margin. The flowers, arising from the heart of the rosette, each have their own sepals. They grow into a compact head on a short, robust stalk. The sepals become fleshy and juicy and develop into the well-known complex form of the pseudocarp fruit, crowned by a rosette of leaves.[1]

Ananas species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Batrachedra comosae, which feeds exclusively on A. comosus.


The word Ananas is derived from the Guarani name for the pineapple, via Portuguese. In most Old World languages, pineapple is called ananas.


Ananas species contain both bromelain and papain to which they owe their meat-tenderizing properties.[citation needed]

Ethnobotanical uses[edit]

The fruit and roots are used by some peoples as anti-inflammatory, proteolytic agent, and a root decoction for diarrhea.[citation needed]


The biggest producers of pineapples in 2014 were Costa Rica (2.9 million tonnes), Brazil (2.6) and the Philippines (2.5).[3]


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Ananas ananassoides 2.jpg Ananas ananassoides (Baker) L.B. Smith from Costa Rica to Paraguay
Ananas bracteatus, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii, USA2.jpg Ananas bracteatus (Lindley) Schultes & Schultes f. red pineapple Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador
Ananas 01.JPG Ananas comosus (Linnaeus) Merrill Pineapple Brazil and Paraguay; naturalized in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, northern South America, and various islands in the Pacific
Ananas erectifolius L.B.Sm. Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, northern Brazil, French Guiana
Ananas lucidus kz1.JPG Ananas lucidus (Aiton) Schult. & Schult.f Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, northern Brazil, French Guiana
Ananas macrodontes in a botanical garden in Münster, Germany.jpg Ananas macrodontes E.Morren Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, northern Argentina
Ananas parguazensis Camargo & L.B. Smith Colombia, Venezuela, northern Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana



  1. ^ a b c d e "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew".
  2. ^ Bartholomew, D.P., Paull, R.E. & Rohrbach, K.G. (eds.) (2003 publ. 2002). The Pineapple. Botany, production and uses: 1-301. CABI publishing, Oxon, New York.
  3. ^ "Crops/Regions/World list/Production Quantity (pick lists), Pineapples, 2014". UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT). 2017. Retrieved 22 Sep 2017.