Pandanus pygmaeus Thouars

Etymology Genus Pandan, the Malayan word for the plant
Species Dwarf
Family Pandanaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Pygmy Screwpine, Small Screwpine, Dwarf Screwpine
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Herb
Native Distribution Madagascar


To say that Pandanus pygmaeus is a common cultivated herb is an understatement. It can be found cultivated almost everywhere in public areas, due to its attractive variegated leaves.

Interesting Facts:

The Pygmy Pandan is so named as it is one of the smallest pandan around. It is endemic to Madagascar, and found in freshwater wetlands, rock faces and near forested sites (FloraFaunaWeb, n.d.).

A cluster of Pygmy Pandan decorating the front of Mapletree Business City.

Variegated Leaf.

Clumping stem.


FloraFaunaWeb (n.d.) Pandanus pygmaeus Thouars. National Parks Board, Singapore. Accessed on 8-Dec-2018.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-09