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Scientific classification

Kingdom          :           Plantae

Division           :           Magnoliophyta

Class                 :           Liliopsida

Order               :           Arecales

Family             :           Arecaceae

Genus               :           Cocos

Species            :           C. nucifera

Binomial name

Cocos nucifera

The Coconut palm is a type of palm tree. It is a part of the Family Arecaceae (palm family). It is a large palm, growing to 30 m tall. It has leaves that are 4–6 m long. The term coconut refers to the fruit of the coconut palm. The coconut tree is a monocot.

There are many coconut palms in the coastal belt of India and Bangladesh. People of this area use coconut milk in cooking. Women use coconut oil as hair oil for hair. The coconut’s shell is relatively hard, but can be broken. Because its shell is hard, it can be used as an ingredient to make craftworks.

Coconut milk is also used in many drinks. Coconut oil is often in food and soaps. People in Sri Lanka use coconut flowers for wedding celebrations. In the Maldives it is the National tree.

Coconut from Ivory Coast.

A coconut is a large nut. Coconuts grow in tropical countries. The flesh of a coconut is white and can be eaten raw or used in cooking. It is used in many of the foods we eat for flavour. It is native to tropical areas.

Seed dispersal Coconuts can float on water and if they fall in the ocean, they can float to another island and germinate there. It has often been noted that coconuts can travel 110 days, or 3000 miles, by sea and still be able to germinate.



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