From a genus containing more than 60 trees and shrubs, P.utilis is dioecious – male and female forms exist, and both can be found within the Parque. There are a group of several trees at location 55 . The plants are characterized by their adventitious “stilt” roots in the surrounding area. The male plants produce a yellowish, spiked flower, but the females display a distinctive, pineapple like, globulus fruit (see photo above, May 2011). The hard seeds gradually fall away as the fruit matures. The fibrous leaves are traditionally used for matting and basketwork.
MAP LOCATION: 55