Saturday, March 3, 2012

Red Pineapple

Red pineapple is known by the name Ananas bracteatus and originates from Brazil as do the most commonly grown pineapple Ananas comosus. The two species differ in that A. bracteatus has flowers borne in large showy heads with thorny bracts around the flowers. The fruit of the red pineapple is edible, but is often seedy and less sweet that that of A. comosus. There is also a variety of the red pineapple, Ananas bracteatus var. striatusthat has broad, white stripes on the margin of the leaves that is often used as an ornamental plant.

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