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Flowers

Screw
Pine

Least Concern

Unknown

Screw Pine

Pandanus odorifer

Fragrant Screw Pine is a small branched tree or shrub with fragrant flowers, found wild in southern India, Burma and the Andamans. It is a small, slender, branching tree with a flexuous trunk supported by brace roots. With rosettes of long-pointed, stiffly leathery, spiny, bluish-green, fragrant leaves, it bears in summer very fragrant flowers. It is used as perfume. They are almost exclusively used in the form of a watery distillate called kewra water. Flowers have a sweet, perfumed odor that has a pleasant quality similar to rose flowers, but kewra is more fruity. Most delightful, richest, and powerful of perfumes even when dried.

Fragrant Screw Pine, Umbrella Tree

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    কেতকী
  • Gujarati:
    કેતક
  • Hindi:
    गगण धूल, जम्बाला, केओड़ा, केतकी, केंवड़ा, पुष्प चामर, तीक्ष्ण गन्धा
  • Kannada:
    ಕೇದಗೆ, ಕೇದಗಿ, ಕೇದಿಗೆ, ಕೇತಕೆ, ತಾಳೇ ಹೂ
  • Marathi:
    केवडा, केतकी, बोन्नोंग (कोकण), केगदी (कोकण), खेवडा (कोकण)
  • Sanskrit:
    हनील, जम्बूल, केतकी, पांशुका, सुगंधिनी
  • Tamil:
    கேதகை, தாழை
  • Telugu:
    గేదగ, గొజ్జంగి, కేతకి
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Taxanomy

PANDANALES
PANDANACEAE
Pandanus odorifer