Cocos nucifera​

COMMON NAME

​Coconut palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

Cocos nucifera has been cultivated and utilized for so long in virtually every tropical location throughout the world, that its true place of origin is somewhat uncertain. The most widely accepted location is southern Asia east to the islands of the central Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to the west coast of northern South America from the Philippines about 2,250 years ago by Austronesian people.  Few plants on Earth can claim to have assisted mankind more during its early development. Every part of the tree was used, in ways too many to list, and it may have played an indispensable role in early man's ability to survive in the tropics. Because the seeds can float for long distances in ocean waters, and sprout with rapid growth in sterile sand on salty shores, it was present in the large numbers necessary to provide the basics for human existence on otherwise semi-barren islands.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Pan Tropical

NATIVE HABITAT

Cocos nucifera grows in many habitats from areas of human habitation to sandy beaches.

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

wikipedia.org


Cocos nucifera