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Ananas lucidus Mill.

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Annual Woody Herbaceous


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Herbaceous)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A herbaceous shrub with a clumping growth form. 
Foliage The leaves are long, narrow and erect. The length of the leaf blade is approximately 3 feet long and are spineless. The upper leaf surface is green, turning bronze-red under full sun while the  lower leaf surface is grey-green. 
Flowers The bisexual flowers are borne on a spike which is borne on floral scape which is covered with a thin white tomentum. The flowers are surrounded by pink bracts and have purplish white petals. 
Fruits The fibrous fruit is a syncarp (an aggregate fruit), is red in colour and is not edible. 
Habitat It is found in hot, humis forests at altitudes of approximately 180 to 490m. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Fruits, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Red
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Rosulate / Rosette
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Inflorescence Type Spike

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Red
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Bumpy / Tuberculate
Fruit Classification Aggregate Fruit (Syncarp)
Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit

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Master ID 31594
Species ID 5993
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.