What it looks like: Climbing Pandan is a large woody climber. Its strappy, sharply-toothed leaves can be as long as 80 cm. It produces brownish male and orange to pink female flowers in separate spikes, and tight, cone-like crimson fruit.

Climbing Pandanus - Freycinetia percostata

Photo: © Martin Armstrong

 

Where it lives: Climbing Pandan grows in wet lowland rainforest and spring-fed rainforests in sandstone gullies. Also found in Queensland, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, in the Northern Territory, it is known from the region between Bathurst Island and the Arafura Swamp.

Importance as an indicator: Persistence of Climbing Pandan is dependent on the rainforest in which it lives. The wet conditions it requires are particularly sensitive to changes in hydrology caused by unseasonably dry weather, vegetation clearance or water extraction. Feral pigs are also attracted to wet areas in rainforests, where they dig up the soil looking for roots and tubers.

Look after Climbing Pandan by controlling pigs with baits and traps. Make sure decisions about developments in the catchments consider impacts on groundwater availability.

Best Practice Management for Climbing Pandan

* Maintain tree cover * Control pest animals * Manage water extraction sustainably * More information is needed about this species