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Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera
Botanical Name                : Cocos nucifera
Common Name                 : Coconut, Coconut Palm, Kelapa
Family                                  : Arecaceae (Palmae)
Origin                                  : A monotypic genus that probably originated on islands of the Western Pacific, but is now so ubiquitous that its origin is uncertain
General Info
Coconuts are coastal palms and are naturally found along sandy seashores.
Botanical Features
Form: A single stemmed palm with a vigorous crown of pinnate feathery leaves growing from the apex.
Leaf: Large pinnate and feather-shaped, up to 5 m long, greenish-yellow in colour, with numerous leaflets that taper to a split tip.
Flower: The inflorescences arise from within the lower leaves and have a simple branched structure, and are encased by two bracts, which serve as protection.
Fruit: The fruit, or coconut, is ovoid in shape, up to 30 cm long and turns from light green or yellow to brown during ripening.
Trunk: The grey trunk is tall, slim and is ringed with old leaf scars.
Points of Interest
The word ‘Cocos’ comes from the Portuguese for monkey, as apparently the marking on one end of the nut resemble the facial features of a monkey.
Coconuts are popularly planted along beaches and parks to give a lush tropical effect. They also have great economic value.
The fruit is a valuable food resource as the coconut water inside the young coconut fruit is extremely thirst quenching and the flesh inside the hard shell can be eaten.

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