Pandanus elatus

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Pandanus elatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Pandanales
Family: Pandanaceae
Genus: Pandanus
Species: P. christmatensis
Binomial name
Pandanus elatus
Ridl.[1]

Pandanus elatus is a dioecious tropical plant in the screwpine genus. It is endemic to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the north-eastern Indian Ocean. Its specific epithet comes from the Latin elatus (tall), in reference to its growth habit.[2]

Description[edit]

Pandanus elatus is an erect tree, with basal prop roots, that grows to 20 m in height. Its leaves grow to 3 m long and 100 mm wide, dark green and with marginal prickles. The plants do not form the densely tangled thickets that characterise P. christmatensis.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Found only on Christmas Island, the tree is found on deeper soils in the rainforest, sometimes in small groves.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The tree is closely related to P. leram Jones, of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the southern coasts of Sumatra and western Java.[2]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ridley (1906).
  2. ^ a b c d Flora of Australia Online.

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