from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name in Mauritius for the screw-pines (Pan-danus), which there abound in numerous species, forming trees 20 or 30 feet high or more.
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The vacoa which anchors itself in the ground and clings to it with a hundred arms branched from its main stalk, evidently furnished the first suggestion of the plan of a cathedral supported by its lightly flying buttresses.
There is another kind, the Pandanus vacoa, the same as is used for making sugar bags in Mauritius, but I have not seen it.