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  Ananas comosus
 
  Family: BROMELIACEAE
  Citation:  Ananas comosus (L.) Merr., Interpr. Rumph. Herb. Amboin. 133. 1917; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 289. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 410. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 394. 1989; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 384. 1995; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 688. 2009. Bromelia comosa L. in Stickman, Herb. Amboin. 21. 1754. Ananas sativus Schult. f., Syst. 7: 1283. 1830; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1497(1046). 1930.
  Malayalam Name(s): Annarachakka, Anassappazham, Kazhuthachakka, Kaithachakka, Kappachakka, Prithichakka
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Pineapple
  Description: Short-stemmed shrubs. Leaves radical, clustered, spirally arranged rosettes, 45-110 x 3.2-5.8 cm, linear, canaliculate, base amplexicaul and sheathing, margins spiny-serrate, apex acute, spiny, glaucous, coriaceous. Inflorescence terminal on the leafy stem, capitate, crowned with tuft of leaves. Flowers sessile, bisexual; bracts 1.5-3.3 x 0.8-1.5 cm, ovate, margins spiny-serrate, apex acute, spiny, coriaceous. Calyx short. Corolla lobes free or variously connate. Stamens 6, adnate to corolla. Ovary inferior, 3-celled; ovules many per cell on axile placentae; stigmas 3. Fruit a syncarpium formed by the coalescence of thickened rachis, bracts and ovaries, 12-18 x 8-12 cm.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Tropical America, widely cultivated in the Paleotropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow, Green
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Pooyamkutty, Kulathupuzha, Nooranad
   
 
   
 
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