Pineapple plant with fruit

Pineapple plant with fruit

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Caption: Pineapple plant. The pineapple, Ananas comosus, is an evergreen perennial plant native to South America. Its short stem is surrounded by a rosette of long narrow leaves and topped by individual fruits that have fused to form a fleshy multiple fruit. The pineapple is thought to have originated in the Parana-Paraguay river basin, from where it was spread by native tribes. It was under widespread cultivation by the time Europeans arrived in America near the end of the 15th century. Photographed in Hawaii, USA.

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Keywords: ananas comosus, botany, fruit, hawai'i, hawaii, nature, part, parts, pineapple, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, structure, type

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