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Pandanus fascicularis - Fragrant Screw Pine

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Pandanus facicularis

Pandanus facicularis is an aromatic monocot species of plant in the family Pandanaceae. It is native to Polynesia, Australia, South Asia (Andaman Islands) and the Philippines. It is also found wild in southern India and Burma. It is commonly known as fragrant screw-pine.


Headache, Rheumatism, Cold, Flu, Epilepsy Wounds, Boils, Scabies Leucoderma, Ulcers, Colic Hepatitis, Smallpox, Leprosy Syphilis, Cancer[1].

Parts Used

Root, Leaves[1].

Chemical Composition

The major components of the Kewda oil were kewda ether, terpinen-4-ol, α-terpineol and 2-phenyl ethyl alcohol.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಕೇದಗೆ Kedage, ಕೇದಗಿ Kedagi, ಕೇದಿಗೆ kedige
Hindi Gagan-dhul, Jambala
Malayalam Kainaari, Kaitha
Tamil Ketakai, Talai
Telugu Mogali, Gedaga, Gojjangi, Ketaki
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Hanilha, Jambul
English Kewda, Fragrant Screw Pine



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.












Kind Shape Feature
Simple Sword-shaped Leaves grow in clusters at the branch tips, with rosettes of sword-shaped, stiff (leather-like) and spiny bluish-green, fragrant leaves.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering season is December to April


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting season is December to April

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Chandrakala Rasa, Triphaladi Taila, Dimagheen[1]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

The tree is propagated vegetatively, by the offshoots of young plants that grow around the base of the trunk, but may also be increased by seed.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Lowland area.

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.332, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. Chemical composition
  3. Morphology
  4. Cultivation Details

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