Redcliffe Pier

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PICTURESQUE PANDANUS

When I'm on the coast I can't help photographing Pandanus Palms, I think they have an interesting shape. There are 600 species and vary from 1m to 20 m. 

They grow on the coast of Australia and the Pacific Islands. This one is at Redcliffe on Moreton Bay
They have unusual fruit which goes orange when ripe. In Micronesia it is a major food source. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves are used for flavouring sweet dishes.

These are on Bondi Beach in Sydney


The afternoon sun shows up the colourful rings which are leaf scars.

I like using them to frame a shot.

This one was at Bustard Head  

They attract  insects and animals eat the fruit. The Polynesians use the leaves for weaving baskets, canoe sails, mats, thatch and grass skirts.

19 comments:

  1. I would never have thought of those as palm trees! Sooo unusual! Is teh "fruit" good? Sweet? Is it readily eaten? It's sooo mamzing to have such verriations in this world and I thank you for showing us your corner of it :-) I learn All. The. Tine. from you ;-D

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  2. What interesting trees, and they do make for lovely pictures. I especially like the colorful rings.
    ☼ Sunny
    To answer your question - cupolas are used on old barns for ventilation. They are usually topped with a weathervane.

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  3. Hi Diane, I love seeing the Pandanus Palms. All of the pictures show how different --one from another, these trees are.... I love the first picture the most.

    Love the rings on the trees... Leaf scars, huh????? Interesting... Neat that the Polynesians use the leaves for weaving, etc...

    Love the way you use the leaves for framing a picture.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. They sound like jolly useful trees - and certainly photogenic.

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  5. another interesting post with great photos. i love the leaf scar rings. lovely

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  6. Unusual looking fruit...very interesting post. The scar rings were also interesting; we had palms in Florida, but certainly not like this. Now I only see a palm of any kind is when we vacation! Great pictures!

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  7. They are a beautiful shape and how interesting to read all the uses.

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  8. The pandanus does have a very interesting look to it and I have never seen the fruit before. The bark on the trunk looked like the tree had on stripy stockings. hee, hee

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  9. Never seen a tree like that ! I wonder how the fruit tastes.

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  10. I have never tasted it and it isn't a product found in shops or eateries. I believe it is tough and fibrous. Melanesians do eat it. I believe it is cooked for a long time but can be eaten raw too.

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  11. I didn't know they made fruit. I am out and about for a few weeks so won't be visiting as often for a while.

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  12. Diane, thanks for introducing me to a new tropical plant species. Very interesting!
    Love the rings around the trunk and also your amazing butterfly pic.

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  13. NYC's climate does not support so palm trees so they always look exotic to me. These Pandanus Palms look so decorative and they do make nice frames in a photo.

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    and
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    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  15. Diane, thanks for commenting on my blog. PF Changs is a restaurant chain that is growing in popularity here; usually find them in the big cities. We travel to Philadelphia for this treat, about 60-70 miles from our home.

    Have a great day!

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  16. Diane...these shots are beautiful!

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  17. I have never heard of this type of palm before, very interesting tree. Great photos Diane, thanks also for the information on this very useful tree.

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