Cocos nucifera L.

  • Family : ARECACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Arecaceae
  • Species : Cocos nucifera
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cocos nucifera L.
  • Common name : Coconut Palm
  • Vernacular name : Narial-ka-pedh, Narial (Hin.); Thennai (Tam.); Tengina mara (Kan.); Kobbari chettu, Narikelamu, Tenkaya (Tel.); Nadia, Nodia (Ori.)
  • Habit : Palm
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : Madagascar
  • Comments : Often cultivated in well irrigated lower hills and plains with full sun. Widely naturalized in lower hills towards the coast. Stem is used for building purposes. The fibrous mesocarp of the fruit yields the coir fibres used for ropes, nets etc. The sap of the peduncle yields toddy. The kernel of the fruit is edible and yields edible oil. Coconut oil cake is an excellent food for livestock.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in tropics and sub-tropics
  • Literature : Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. nucifera. Downloaded on 10 July 2020.


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