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Coconut

Cocos nucifera

Description:

The coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which is not a botanical nut. Coconuts are part of the daily diet of many people. Its endosperm is known as the edible "flesh" of the coconut; when dried it is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is a refreshing drink and can be processed to create alcohol. The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. It also has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it.

Habitat:

Found across much of the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts.

Notes:

The spotting photo is of a young coconut commonly called buko.

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2 Comments

Manilie
Manilie 2 years ago

thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

Nicely described

Davao del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 7.19, Long: 125.46

Spotted on Nov 7, 2011
Submitted on Dec 9, 2011

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