• The fruits, shaped like pine cones, are edible when cooked but are not celebrated for their flavour!
  • The leaves spiral round the stem like a screw and are used for weaving mats and baskets.
  • The deep taproot accesses nutrients in poor soils while the multiple brace roots anchor it in rough winds.

Where it grows

Native to the tropical islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The screwpine thrives in saline-rich areas in full or partial sun.

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