Monday, January 16, 2012

The Pineapple Flower

Most people do not notice the flowers of a pineapple plant, but nevertheless, pineapple plants have flowers, too.  During bloom, the stem of the pineapple elongates and enlarges to put forth a head of small purple or red flowers. The resulting pineapple fruit that develops from these blooms is not one fruit at all. In reality, each pineapple flower forms its own small fruit, but they fuse together to make one single pineapple. The inner fibrous core is actually the stem. A pineapple fruit can be up to 12 inches long and weigh 1 to 12 pounds.