Benstonea thwaitesii (Martelli) Callm. & Buerki, Candollea 67: 340 2012 (syn: Pandanus foetidus var. racemosus Trimen; Pandanus thwaitesii Martelli);
S. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;
Flower of Pandanus odoratissimus
Today at Kanakeshwar, Alibag (14.2.10)
This is a lovely inflorescence, very rare to witness. This is male spadix with several golden yellow spathes. Please confirm if they are fragrant or not. You will have to also keep a watch on the fruits.
Considering that the location is not on the sandy shore and is at an elevation, I feel that this may be P. furcatus. Pls keep a follow up.
I agree with …, it is probably a furcatus, odorotissimus is the source of Keoda Atar, and grows mainly in sandy soil and along the beaches.
It was less fragrant compare to Kevada usually which solds in market.
It is Benstonea thwaitesii.
Pandanus Flowers – efloraofindia | Google Groups : (mixed thread): 3 correct images as above. ………….
Was with … in Kankeshwar this Feb. This has been identified as the male spadix of Pandinus furcatus by … … photographs are already on the net. These are mine.
It is Benstonea thwaitesii.
Conservation Status of Indian Pandanaceae Rahul L. Zanan, Altafhusain B. Nadaf- American Journal of Plant Sciences Vol.4 No.6A(2013),
Benstonea Callm. & Buerki (Pandanaceae): characterization, circumscription, and distribution of a new genus of screw-pines, with a synopsis of accepted species Candollea 67(2):323-345 · December 2012 (Abstract- Pandanaceae, a palaeotropical monocot family of c. 700 species, comprises four currently recognized genera: Freycinetia Gaudich., Martellidendron (Pic. Serm.) Callm. & Chassot, Pandanus Parkinson and Sararanga Helms. Within Pandanus (c. 500 spp.), species of sect. Acrostigma Kurz [one of four sections comprising subg. Acrostigma (Kurz) B. C. Stone] possess highly distinctive morphological features (viz. sharp spiniform, linear styles with the stigmatic groove on the abaxial side of the style and a staminate flower reduced to 1 to 3 stamens) shared with two other species (likewise belonging to subg. Acrostigma but originally placed in sect. Fusiforma B. C. Stone) that separate them from all other congeners. Based on morphology, biogeography, and recent inferences from plastid DNA sequence data, we place these distinctive species in a new genus, Benstonea Callm. & Buerki, making the necessary new combinations for the 50 recognized species, accompanied by six lectotypifications, one epitytification and two neotypifications, and placing seventeen names in synonymy. A generic key is provided to facilitate distinguishing Benstonea from the four other genera of Pandanaceae. Comments are provided on the distribution, ecology and typification of each accepted species)