Pine-apple Rag (1908): The third theme of this rag has the vocal quality that probably suggested its future use as a song; otherwise a strange choice. It is not particularly distinctive except for a joyful and very ragged second theme but is well enough constructed and substantial.
Source: Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Era
“Not particularly distinctive,” my eye! The mere mention of that most noble of bromeliads in the title elevates the song above all of Mr. Joplin’s other botanically-themed rags: Maple Leaf Rag, Sugar Cane Rag, Sunflower Slow Rag, Palm Leaf Rag, Gladiolus Rag, Rose Leaf Rag, and Fig Leaf Rag.