MALE FLOWER OF SCREW PINE
Male flower on a screw Pine (Pandanus utilis) in a garden along North Shore Road, Parish of Devonshire, Bermuda.
Screw pine is not native to Bermuda but is an introduction quite commonly seen in gardens and public spaces.
Pandanus utilis Bory
Pandanus utilis is not of course a true pine, but a palm tree (monocot). It has been introduced into many parts of the tropics around the world. Vernacular names (in English) include Madagascar screw pine, common screw pine, screw palm or pandan. It is native to the SW Indian Ocean including the Seychelles (which is where I first came across it). This is a male flower. Screw pines are dioecious (single sex) so this is a male tree. The reference to 'screw' in its vernacular name is because old leaf scars spiral around the branches and trunk, leaving a pattern on them like the thread of a screw or bolt, and this can be seen clearly on the stems in the lower part of the picture.
Flickr's geographical database named my geotag as 'Bethaven, Paget'. I have no idea where Bethaven is and 'Paget' [Parish] is incorrect. The correct parish name is Devonshire.
Brian Roy Rosen
Uploaded to Flickr November 21, 2013
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