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Wild Jackfruit in the forests of Borneo I just took this photo because the fruit looked so bizarre - I had never even heard of Jackfruit. So, thanks to JungleDragon for inspiring me to look it up and find out what it was. Fascinating plant, and no, we didn't try it. Artocarpus heterophyllus,Borneo,Geotagged,Indonesia,Jackfruit,Spring Click/tap to enlarge

Wild Jackfruit in the forests of Borneo

I just took this photo because the fruit looked so bizarre - I had never even heard of Jackfruit. So, thanks to JungleDragon for inspiring me to look it up and find out what it was. Fascinating plant, and no, we didn't try it.

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  1. Jackfruit is actually really nice, problem is, it is so sticky, it really is like glue.
    I buy it in tins and mix it with barbeque sauce, the flesh flakes and looks like pulled pork! Divine!
    Posted 5 years ago
  2. This is strange. Unless there was another plant growing right below it, these are not Artocarpus leaves. Do you have another photo showing more of the plant?
    https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/artocarpus_heterophyllus.htm
    There is a genus of pandan palms with similar fruits and leaves. However, there are 750 of them. This one looks a lot like yours but it is not identified.
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/pandan-plants-grow-along-the-black-water-high-res-stock-photography/128573951
    Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago
    1. Hi Wildflower, yes I am sure that you are right, but unfortunately, identifying this to the species level looks like it is going to be difficult. Posted 5 years ago
  3. As an avid jackfruit eater, I know that this is nothing like jackfruits (Arthrocarpus). This is definitely a wild screwpine fruit from peat swamp forest. Borneo has a crazy diversity of wild Pandanus, more than 50 species!

    Could you try to describe the habitat where you photograph this Barry? I would be very important for identification since different Screwpine grows in different habitat occupying different ecological niche. And how far it is from the river?
    Posted 2 years ago
    1. This was what we call in Europe, riverine forest - so tropical forest along the river edge. It wasn't right on the river's edge, however, more like 100-200 meters in from the river. I hope this helps, it would be wonderful if you could identify it. Posted 2 years ago
      1. Unfortunately some of the most important characteristic are not captured in this photo like the stem and leaf base. Not much detailed description of fruits are available so it is hard to identify just on fruits and especially your fruit photo is not ripe yet. Currently there are 2 species in mind which would most likely fit this observation - Pandanus yvanii & P. helicopus. Both can be easily distinguished from the stem characteristics and whole plant size but in your case we can't use that. P. yvanii grows further away from the river and P. helicopus is supposed to grow along river bodies. Although your habitat description sounds more like P. yvanii, I would put my trust on P. helicopus based on the single verifiable fruit photos of each species as shown by Ary Prihardhyanto Keim, 2011. However, do note that the different growth stage of the fruits may affect the appearances. Would you like to contact Ary Prihardhyanto for his identification advice for this or I could get your permission to share your photo to him instead? Posted 2 years ago
        1. Oh please - if you could share it with him I would be thrilled and honored. Posted 2 years ago
          1. Hi Barry, I have already emailed him. Still waiting for reply for him. Posted 2 years ago

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Uploaded Sep 2, 2017. Captured Oct 5, 2013 07:06 in Unnamed Road, Sungai Bedaun, Kumai, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah 74181, Indonesia.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/5.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO250
  • 54.139mm