Pandanus amaryllifolius (Plant Family Pandanaceae) is a tropical plant which has many uses in traditional Malay lives, particularly with regards to flavouring of foodstuff. In addition to giving lovable flavours and colouring to foodstuff, especially traditional cakes and breads. It also gives likable as well as attractive aroma or smell to the food.
In addition to food flavouring, pandan has also been applied to keep away roaches and bad smell from cabinets and drawers.
The closeness of pandan plant to the Malay tradition is shown by the many instances the plant's name being used in traditional Malay poetry. One such poetry is pantun which simply means "rhymed poetry".
Pulau pandan jauh ke tengah
Gunung Daik bercabang tiga
Hancur bandan dikandung tanah
Budi yang baik dikenang juga
Traditional Malay Rhymed poetry:
Pandan island is far yonder
The Daik mountain has three peaks
Disintegrated be the body in the soil
Good deeds will forever be remembered
In rhymed poetry, the first two verses serve as the "pembayang maksud" or message primer (primer for intended messages), while the last two verses are the "maksud" or the intended messages. The rhyme can be seen from the green fonted words for first and third verses and red fonted words for the second and fourth versus. In each verse the second and fourth words are taken into consideration when forming the rhyming; the first verse must be in rhyme with the third verse, while the second verse is in rhyme with the fourth verse. The rhyme is in term of vowel, that is the sound of end vowels the highlighted words in the message primers must be the same as those of the corresponding verses.