Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Pandanus tectorius - Thatch Screwpine
Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Copperplate Textile, Cook's Voyage, c. 1785
Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) from Georg Eberhard Rumpf, Herbarium amboinense, Vol. 4, Plate 81, p. 151, 1743
Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) photo by Jackie Frost/ NPS Photo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Common Names:  Thatch Screwpine, Tahitian Screwpine, Hala Tree, Pandanus, Pu Hala

Description: Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) is a member of the Pandanus Family (Pandanaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 5, p. 351 listed two species of Pandanus (Screwpine) but not P. tectorius.  Pandanus tectorius is native to Malesia, eastern Australia, and the Pacific Islands and was first described in 1774.

Quilts with this Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) motif: 
  • None known at this time

Chintz with this Pandanus tectorius (Thatch Screwpine) motif: 
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Copperplate Textile, Cook's Voyage, Object Number 1963-193, c. 1785

   ©  Updated 6/27/2021     Author: Terry Terrell