Coconut palm


The coconut palm is native to Asia, its precise origin is unknown because it has been widely cultivated and dispersed by man. It reaches a height of 90 feet, with a trunk up to 1.5 feet in diameter near the base, generally inclined and grayish-brown, with prominent scars produced by the leaf bases. The leaves are up to 20 feet long and are composed of many slender leaflets distributed in two rows. Inflorescences develop among the leaves are up to 4 feet long. Ripe fruits are yellowish, up to 1 foot long and 5 pounds in weight. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name derives from the Spanish coco or cuco, an evil being that scared children, because the three pores of the seed resemble the eyes and mouth of a creature. The species name means nut-bearing.

The photographed palm is in the Research and Development Center. There are other specimens in front of the printing shop, in front of the the Chemical Engineering Building, and in the area of the former faculty residences.

Cocos nucifera (Arecaceae)