Found through most of the tropical Asian
and Pacific region, this species is up to 20-ft (6-m) tall and has
long slender leaves edged with sharp spines.
In common with most species it has strong aerial roots that form a
stout buttress base. Male trees have showy white flower bracts,
while female trees bear pineapple-like fruit.
The foliage is used for thatch and weaving.
The male flowers and foliage also have culinary uses. Flowering
Cultivation: They require a tropical or subtropical climate, full
sun or part-shade, and moist, well-drained soil.
They can be treated as house plants when young provided they are
given ample water. Keep the plants tidy by removing dead and damaged
Propagate from seed, soaked for 24 hours before planting, or by
detaching rooted suckers.