Pandanus odorifer (Forssk.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 737 1891. (Syn: Athrodactylis spinosa J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. [Illegitimate]; Bromelia sylvestris Burm.f.; Eydouxia delessertii Gaudich.; Hasskarlia leucacantha Walp.; Keura odora Thunb.; Keura odorifera Forssk.; Marquartia leucacantha Hassk.; Pandanus adduensis H.St.John; Pandanus albibracteatus H.St.John; Pandanus alloios H.St.John; Pandanus ambiglaucus H.St.John; Pandanus blancoi Kunth; Pandanus boryi Gaudich.; Pandanus carnosus H.St.John; Pandanus chelyon H.St.John; Pandanus delessertii (Gaudich.) Warb.; Pandanus fascicularis Lam.; Pandanus fosbergii H.St.John; Pandanus globosus H.St.John; Pandanus hartmanii H.St.John; Pandanus hendersonii H.St.John; Pandanus hueensis H.St.John; Pandanus impar H.St.John; Pandanus inclinatus H.St.John; Pandanus incrassatus H.St.John; Pandanus integriapicis H.St.John; Pandanus intraconicus H.St.John; Pandanus karikayo H.St.John; Pandanus leucanthus Hassk.; Pandanus linnaei Gaudich.; Pandanus linnaei f. philippinensis Martelli; Pandanus linnei Schaedtler; Pandanus loureiroi Gaudich.; Pandanus maldivecus H.St.John; Pandanus millore Roxb.; Pandanus obtusus H.St.John; Pandanus odoratissimus L.f.; Pandanus odoratissimus var. borneensis (Martelli) B.C.Stone; Pandanus odoratissimus var. hueensis (H.St.John) B.C.Stone; Pandanus odoratissimus var. loureiroi (Gaudich.) Martelli; Pandanus odoratissimus var. sarawakensis (Martelli) B.C.Stone; Pandanus odoratissimus var. sinensis (Warb.) Kaneh.; Pandanus odoratissimus var. triceps B.C.Stone; Pandanus odoratissimus f. vietnamensis (H.St.John) B.C.Stone; Pandanus odoratus Salisb.; Pandanus phamhoangii H.St.John; Pandanus projectens H.St.John; Pandanus remotus H.St.John; Pandanus reversispiralis H.St.John; Pandanus rheedei Gaudich.; Pandanus rubricoloratus H.St.John; Pandanus rumphii Gaudich.; Pandanus semiorbicularis H.St.John; Pandanus sinensis (Warb.) Martelli; Pandanus smitinandii H.St.John; Pandanus spiralis Blanco, nom.illeg.; Pandanus subcarnosus H.St.John; Pandanus subcubicus H.St.John; Pandanus subulatus H.St.John; Pandanus tectorius var. borneensis Martelli; Pandanus tectorius var. liukiuensis Warb.; Pandanus tectorius var. loureiroi (Gaudich.) Martelli; Pandanus tectorius var. sarawakensis Martelli; Pandanus tectorius var. sinensis Warb.; Pandanus tectorius var. utinensis Masam.; Pandanus verus nom.superfl.; Pandanus verus var. flaccidus Kurz; Pandanus verus var. littoralis Kurz; Pandanus vietnamensis H.St.John);
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Common name: Kewda, Fragrant Screw Pine, Umbrella tree, Screw pine, Screw tree • Assamese: কেতেকী ketaki • Bengali: কেতকী ketaki • Gujarati: કેતક ketak • Hindi: गगण धूल gagan-dhul, जम्बाला jambala, जम्बूल jambul, केओड़ा keora, केतकी ketaki, केंवड़ा kevara, पांशुका panshuka, पांसुका pansuka, पुष्प चामर pushp-chamar, तीक्ष्ण गन्धा tikshna-gandha • Kannada: ಕೇದಗೆ kedage, ಕೇದಗಿ kedagi, ಕೇದಿಗೆ kedige, ಕೇತಕೆ ketake, ತಾಳೇ ಹೂ taale hu • Konkani: बोन्नोंग bonnong, केगदी kegdi, खेवडा khevada • Malayalam: കൈനാറി kainaari, കൈത kaitha • Manipuri: কেতেকী ketaki • Marathi: केगद kegad, केतकी ketaki, केवडा kevada • Oriya: Kia • Sanskrit: हनीलः hanilha, जम्बूल jambul, केतकी ketaki, पांशुका panshuka, पांसुका pansuka, सुगंधिनी sugandhini • Tamil: கேதகை ketakai, தாழை talai • Telugu: గేదగ gedaga, గొజ్జంగి gojjangi, కేతకి ketaki • Urdu: جمبالا jambala, جمبول jambul, کيتکی ketaki, کيوڙا kevara, پانشکا panshuka
Posting few images of a Pandanus for ID pl.
Date/Time- December, 2009
Location- Havelock beach, Middle Andaman
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length- ca 75 cm high
Is it Pandanus tectorius?
i think this is Pandanus odoratissimus.
I think once this was sent by … for ID and we all mistaken it for Pineapple !!
I think you are right again, please go through the link
Pandanus tectorius is a tree. P. odoratissimus appears to be a good choice.
VALMIKI : OBSERVER OF NATURE: Valmiki mentioned about Ketak or Ketaki in his Ramayan. It is known as SCREW-PINE in English. Scientifically it is known as Pandanus odoratissimus. Chakravarti S Venkatesh gives some interesting input about the plant.
“It appears that the ancient Hindus, like the Babylonians, had some inkling of the presence of sex in plants. For example, the male plants of the Screwpine were called Ketaki viphala or Dhulipushpika, the female as Svarna Ketaki, and the male and female together as Ketakidvayam meaning a pair of Ketakis.”
Attaching an image of KETAKI.
As usual things are a bit more complicated. This is what I found on the net.
Collection, characterization and olfactory evaluation of Pandanus species in Southern India
Rahul L. Zanana1 and Altafhusain B. Nadafa1 c1
a1 Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune 411007, India
A detailed survey along the coastal regions of Southern India revealed the occurrence of seven Pandanus species, viz. P. kaida Kurz., P. odorifer (Forssk.) Kuntz., P. canaranus Warb., P. furcatus Roxb., P. thwaitesii Mart., P. foetidus Roxb and a new species P. palakkadensis Nadaf, Zanan & Wakte. The fragrance of staminate inflorescences of these species was compared with the fragrance of commercial staminate inflorescences of P. odorifer. P. thwaitesii, P. kaida and P. palakkadensis recorded comparable fragrance with that of P. odorifer. The study reveals the fragrance potential of these species, which could be exploited commercially for extraction of essential oil.
(Received February 24 2011)
(Accepted May 04 2011)
Could somebody throw more light on this..
In Marathi other name Kevada. It is famous for the cobra residing in the thicket of plant growth.
forgot to mention something nonbotany but related to ketaki.
Ketaki is kevada. The flower is used for distilling kevda water which is a substitute of Rose water.
Is it true that snakes are found near Ketaki?
You got your reply. Though I for one do not believe it. There is a Hindi couplet the last line of which is:
I do not think that cobra or any other snakes are there, if any, for the sake of fragrance. They can be seen underneath any thickets.
I never claimed that snakes -cobras ( i was specific) live in ‘Ketaki ban’. I said they are known for——-.
I agree with … We have been listening to such stories since childhood. Lately came to know from nature enthusiasts that it is not true. But as said by her some research is necessary.
Pandanus cookii – Cook’s Pine Tree – Minicoy, Lakshadweep – RA : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (7).
The photographs mentioned are of Pandanus odorifer…… As per our field survey from Andaman Islands, Pandanus cookii is not found …. but only Pandanus leram and Pandanus odorifer are found at Andaman Islands.
Goa, May 2014 :: Requesting ID of this shrub (?) :: 20JUN14 :: ARK-39 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
Requesting to please ID this huge shrub (?) from a cultivated garden in Aguada, Goa in May 2014.
Pandanus species so far in efi
It looks like Pandanus tectorius
Or could be Pandanus odorifer with root cap.
There are no flowering fruiting pictures. It is most probably P. odorifer.
REQUEST : IMAGE OF PANDANUS ODORATISSIMUS ( FLOWER ) : 3 posts by 2 authors.
While compiling the plants mentioned by Rabindranath Tagore in his songs, I find KEYA is mentioned in 3 songs and KETAKI is mentioned IN 5 SONGS. I have used images of fruit/ plant for these songs as I don’t have any image of flower of this plant with me. KEYA/ KETAKI is Pandanus odoratissimus scientifically. I will remain grateful if any friend can help me with image of flower of this plant.
Thank you sir. I received two images from …
Shibpur Bot.: Pandanus sp. : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
There were many Pandanus and I have only these pictures, I am afraid not sufficient to identify species level.
Again no flower or fruit found, photographed today. (23.8.14)
Most probably looks like Pandanus odorifer but again needs flowers/fruits for confirmation. Can you please let me know the locality?
Thanks, … It was from Indian Bot. Garden in Kolkata.
Thank you very much Sir. It is from ‘Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden’ in Howrah (West Bengal).
FLOWERS/PLANTS MENTIONED BY TAGORE IN HIS SONGS( KETAKI-1 ) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore in which KETAKI has been mentioned. Scientifically the plant is Pandanus odoratissimus (KEYA/ KEURA/ SCREW PINE).
Is the id correct as Pandanus odorifer?
Fwd: Kewada flower from our temple’s garden in Vrindaban : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 3 Mb each.
Thought will share this photo of the Kewada flower from our temple’s garden in Vrindaban. Wish I could transport the smell too..
Attachments (1)- 3 Mb
what a treat. thank you. i can conjure up the heavenly scent from something i remembered from chilhood travels…. yatras…
Is this Pandanus odorifer as per images and details herein ?
Yes this is Pandanus odorifer.
The flower images are belongs to Pandanus odorifer.
I think it may be of Pandanus odorifer (Forssk.) Kuntze
It is Pandanus odorifer.
Pandanus Flowers – efloraofindia | Google Groups : (mixed thread): 2 images.
Pandanus tectorius inflorescence
What is doubt about it not being
I am much confident about Pandanus
about the species, as per the description in The Flora of Delhi, i idfied this plant as P fascicularis Syn. P tectorius, P odoratissimus
Description- Thick Bush or small tree, 3-3.6 m high, Leaves borne closely spirally, erect, acuminate, margins and keels usually spinous-toothed, spathes white, flowers pedicillate.
It is Pandanus odorifer
Synonym: Pandanus tectorius