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Bromelia pinguin - L.

Common Name Pinuela. Pinguin
Family Bromeliaceae
USDA hardiness 9-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Common and widely distributed in the lowlands of Guatemala, forming wide and dense thickets on the plains[331 ]. Rocky hills in the West Indies[454 ].
Range Northern South America - Venezuela north to Central America and the West Indies.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Bromelia pinguin Pinuela. Pinguin


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Bromelia pinguin Pinuela. Pinguin
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bromelia pinguin is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Agallostachys fastuosa (Lindl.) Beer Agallostachys pinguin (L.) Beer Ananas pinguin (L.) Gaertn. Bromelia fastuosa Lindl. Bromelia ignea Beer Bromelia sepiaria Schult. & Schult.f. Karatas pinguin (L.) Mill.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Fruit  Shoots
Edible Uses:

The fruits are edible but very acid[331 ]. The fruit is intensely sour and acrid, it is sometimes used for making vinegar[331 ]. It makes an excellent, refreshing drink[301 ]. The young shoots at the base of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked[301 ]. They are much used as food in all the dryer regions of Guatemala[331 ]. They can be had when ordinary vegetables are scarce or unobtainable, as at the end of the dry season[331 ]. The inflorescence is fried and eaten[301 ]. In El Salvador, it is used to make gruel.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Much planted for hedges and fences in central America and the West Indies[331 , 454 ]. Other Uses: A fibre obtained from the leaves has been used locally for cordage, ropes etc[454 ]. Rather weak[454 ]. It is stripped of its pulp, soaked in water, and beaten with a wooden mallet to yield the fiber.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Barbed-wire fence, Corazon de Fuego, Mayam Pinguin, Pinuela, Viru, Wild pineapple

Found In

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

Australia, Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuna, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guiana, Guianas, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lesser Antilles, Mexico*, Nicaragua, North America, Pacific, Puerto Rico, South America, Suriname, USA, Venezuela, West Indies

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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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Aechmea magdalenaePingwing. Ixtle, Pita plant30
Ananas comosusPineapple52
Bromelia karatasAnanas pingouin, Karatas, Camburito32
Bromelia serraBayonet bromeliad10
Greigia sphacelata 10
Puya chilensis 10

 

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