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Ananas 'Chocolat'

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Dry Soils / Drought

Name

Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Comments

Classifications and Characteristics

Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial

Biogeography

Native Distribution Of horticultural origin - this is a red leafed cultivar of A lucidus that was bred for the European market

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Bromeliad to 1m in height
Foliage Leaves linear, to 1m long by 4cm wide, margins armed with sharp prickles towards the leaf tips, otherwise usually unarmed or nearly so. Upper surface of leaves glabrous, light olive green with dull reddish brown median stripe,  under surface glaucous, covered with a layer of trichomes. 
Flowers Inflorescence globose, to 5cm across, floral bracts and sepals bright pink.  Petals white, suffused with purple on upper one third (towards the tip).
Ethnobotanical Uses Timber & Products ( The plants are cultivated on a local scale to harvest 'Curagua', a cream/ white coloured fibre that is used to make clothing and strings, and in weaving.)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Focal Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Spines/Thorns - Stem/Branch, Spines/Thorns - Flower
Usage Hazard - Cons Remarks Grow this plant away from areas with pedestrian traffic as leaves may be spiny (towards the leaf tips); also keep children and pets away from the plant to avoid being scratched.

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Flowers)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pruning Wear gloves/ other protective gear when carrying out pruning/ maintenance as plant can be prickly.
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Sucker, Division

Foliar

Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Brown, Green, Red
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery, Spiny / Bristly / Stinging, Thick

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green - Light Green, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Fruit, Seed & Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Brown, Yellow / Golden
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Powdery / Waxy Bloom, Thorny / Spiny

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Master ID 31544
Species ID 5943
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 21 April 2020.
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