A pineapple plant

A friend has this plant living in a pot on her balcony. Its called a pineapple plant, for obvious reasons, and is inidgenous to South Africa. While hiking in the Maloti Mountains, I was quite surprised to see one in the wild as I had assumed it was a sub-tropical plant. Does anyone have any more information about it?

Patrick

3 Responses to A pineapple plant

  1. Steve March 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    The family is Eucomis, and this one might be E. autumnalis, though my botanist wife might correct me – there are 11 of them. She wrote about the medical properties of the plant for her PhD. It is a very popular traditional medicine. Decoctions of the bulb are administered for many ailments from lower backache to aiding in healing fractures and to facilitate childbirth.

    http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/eucomisautum.htm

  2. Smile March 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Hey Steve

    Cool plant and cool info.

    You should get that botanist wife of yours to write a post or two 🙂

  3. Steve March 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I think she should write too. The information is so much better when it comes from the real researcher, not her dilettante husband…

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