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Pseudananas sagenarius

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pseudananas (soo-do-AN-a-nas) (Info)
Species: sagenarius

Synonym:Ananas macrodontes
Synonym:Bromelia sagenaria
Synonym:Pseudananas macrodontes

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MotherNature4 On Jun 10, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I do not grow this interesting plant either, but my research shows that the name has recently been changed. The new name for this plant is Ananas macrodontes according to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies (

Neutral htop On Jan 14, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Pseudananas macrodontes ( formerly Pseudananas sagenarius) is native to Argentina, southern Brazil and northern Paraguay. It inhabits forest areas which have semi-shade. Whereas these areas encounter flooding and rainy seasons most of the year. Pseudananas macrodontes is somewhat drought tolerant. Although the plant resembles a pineapple plant, it is not a pineapple and is referred to by many as the "pineappple's first cousin".

A non-woody crownless plant, Pseudananas macrodontes' sword-like leaves have sharp thorny spines which arch away from the leaf tip instead of towards it near their bases. This characteristic assists with its identification because it is considered to be an oddity. It produces a pineapple-like inflorescence that has pink bracts with lavender blooms. Small pineapple-shaped fruit follow which are low in acid as well as sugar content. The pulp can be eaten if one is desperate enough for food. The plant's fiber can be woven to make mats, hammocks, covers, bags and purses, clothing, fishing nets, string and ropes.

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