Pandanus brosimos
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Pandanales
Family: Pandanaceae
Genus: Pandanus
Subgenus: Pandanus subg. Lophostigma
Section: Pandanus sect. Karuka
Subsection: Pandanus subsect. Karuka
P. brosimos
Binomial name
Pandanus brosimos
Merr. & L.M.Perry (1940)

Pandanus brosimos, the wild karuka, is a species of tree in the family Pandanaceae, endemic to New Guinea.[1] Along with Pandanus julianettii, it is widely harvested in New Guinea as a traditional food source. Many local ethnic groups make use of pandanus languages (a special avoidance language) when harvesting the nuts.[2][3]

It was first formally described by Elmer Drew Merrill and Lily May Perry in 1940.[4]


  1. ^ "Pandanus brosimos Merr. & L.M.Perry – Plants of the World Online – Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ Pawley, Andrew; Hammarström, Harald (2018). "The Trans New Guinea family". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 21–196. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  3. ^ "Pandanus brosimos – Useful Tropical Plants". Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ Merr. & L.M.Perry, 1940 In: J. Arnold Arbor. 21: 171