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Aechmea magdalenae - (Andre) Andre ex Baker

Common Name Pingwing. Ixtle, Pita plant
Family Bromeliaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Abundant throughout the forest, often forming dense stands[315 ]. Forests and thickets, usually found at elevations below 500 metres in Guatemala[331 ].
Range Northwestern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Aechmea magdalenae Pingwing. Ixtle, Pita plant


David J. Stang
Aechmea magdalenae Pingwing. Ixtle, Pita plant
David J. Stang

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aechmea magdalenae is an evergreen Perennial growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ananas magdalenae (Andre) Standl. ex Standl. & S.Calderen Bromelia longissima Pos.-Arang. Bromelia magdalenae (Andre) C.H.Wright Chevaliera magdalenae Andre Chevalieria magdalenae Andre

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fleshy fruits are sweet and very tasty[315 ]. An acid flavour, they are said to be better when made into beverages[301 ]. The elliptic to ovate fruits are 5 - 6 cm long, to ca 2 cm. diameter[315 ]. The yellow fruit becomes orange and soft at maturity[315 ].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

A fibre of excellent quality is obtained from the leaves[46 ]. It is used for making rope and twine[46 ]. The leaves are retted in water, and fibre is usually extracted by pounding them on stones in running water[331 ]. It is a very fine and tough fibre, much used for hammocks, bags and string[331 ].

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

An understory, terrestrial bromeliad found in neotropical rainforests from Mexico to Ecuador(Croat 1978). A. magdalenae is an herbaceous perennial 1 to 3.5m in height with a typical spread of 1.5 to 2m. It has a short, stout stem with a rosette of leaves sprouting at or near ground level. Its leaves are waxy, thick, and are typically 2.5m long and 5-10cm wide. Aechmea magdalenae is a shade tolerant plant found in the understory of tropical forests forming dense colonies that can spread to 500m and be found at a density as high as 7 colonies/ha in young forests and 10 colonies/ha in older forests (Brokaw 1983). The plant has been found to grow in areas of higher sunlight, such as in ca nopy gaps and secondary forest growth, and rosette production is higher in these light conditions. However, in low lig ht conditions, leaf extension has been found to be significantly higher (Villeagas 2001) and this is important for harvest of fiber from the leaves. Aechmea magdalenae is typically found in low, wet areas (Croat 1978). Sunlight caused by gaps increases the number of leaves, but if the areas are particularly dry, leaf production sign ificantly decreases (Villegas 2001).

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Pita, Pinuela, Ixtle

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Amazon, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Central America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, North America, Panama, South America, Venezuela.

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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