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Ananas comosus (L.) Mer. pineapple, pina

Coarse terrestrial herb; leaves alternate, clustered rosette-like at base of plant, leathery, sword-like, with finely serrate margin and sharp-pointed tip; inflorescence a cone-like aggregate arising from center of rosette, topped with a crown of small leaves.

Specimen at left photographed at Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA. The plant at Kiuic was found in the former orchard, persisting after several decades of neglect.

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