5-7 m tall x 2-4 m wide. Grows usually in clumps. Prop roots may or may not be present. Leaves 100-140 cm x 5-6 cm, narrowly strap shaped, dark green, erect to pendulous, midrib and margins prickly except near the apex. Male inflorescence branched, 20-30 cm long with whitish bracts. Male flowers cream to yellow.
Female inflorescence unbranched, subtended by numerous whitish bracts. Fruiting head drooping, 15-18 cm across, globular, ripening yellowish; drupes separate, fleshy when ripe, 2.5-4.4cm long. Seeds 0.6-0.7 cm long.
Even though Pandanus aquaticus naturally occurs in tropical Australia, it grows well here in the Sydney Gardens alongside the waterlily ponds in a sheltered position. Aboriginal people used the prop roots to make paint brushes and the leaves for weaving and basket making. The seeds of all Pandanus species are edible and were an important food source for Aboriginal tribes. An important plant for stream bank
Makes an interesting container plant and grows reasonably well in a bright indoor
A beautiful shaped plant in horticulture. Needs full sun and is intolerant of cold.
Propagate from fresh seed.
Not known to be weedy.
Not available from the Growing Friends.