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Cocos nucifera

Coconut , Coco

Wonderful decorative contribution to the landscape. There is nothing more thirst quenching and satisfying than chilled coconut water on a hot day. The instant electrolyte boost is amazing.  You often see these offered with a straw by small roadside vendors. In my opinion these are far better then the current rage of  prepacked Coconut water found in the states. 

Found throughout 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. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of "water" and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be used as seed nuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and "coir "from the fibrous husk.


Plant Characteristics

Dimensions at Maturity
  • Height: 30 M

Pinnate leaves that can range from 4-6 meters long. Old leaves will break away leaving the trunk smooth. 

Additional Information

Benefits | Desirability

Coir is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, etc.

The leftover fiber from coconut oil and coconut milk production, coconut meal, is used as livestock feed.

 When dried, the coconut flesh 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. 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.

Medicinal Uses:

Coconuts may help benign prostatic hyperplasia. In rats, virgin coconut oil reduced total cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, LDL, and VLDL cholesterol levels and increased HDL cholesterol in serum and tissues.[53] The hexane fraction of coconut peel may contain novel anticancer compounds. Young coconut juice has estrogen-like characteristics.Inside a coconut is a cavity filled with coconut water, which is sterile until opened. It mixes easily with blood, and was used during World War II in emergency transfusions. It can also serve as an emergency short-term intravenous hydration fluid.This is possible because the coconut water has a high level of sugar and other salts that makes it possible to be used in the bloodstream, much like the modern lactated Ringer solution or a dextrose/water solution as an intravenouus solution (IV). Coconut is also commonly used as a traditional remedy in Pakistan to treat bites from rats.[citation needed] In Brazil, coconut is known as coco-da-bahiacoco-da-baía or coqueiro-da-índia. The tea from the husk fiber is widely used to treat several inflammatory disorders






It is important to remember when planting Coconut palms to put them in places where there is not common foot traffic since falling coconuts have been known to kill unsuspecting walkers. 

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