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Cocos nucifera sprout


Hawaiian Tall Coconut

Cocos nucifera

Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

Sprouted Coconut Seed


Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ay) - The Palm family (formerly Palmae)

Cocos (KOH-kohs) - From the Portugese word for mask, possibly referring to the depressions on fruit that resemble a monkey's face.

nucifera (noo-SIFF-er-uh) - Nut-bearing.

Cocos nucifera. Hawaiian Coconut at Kahaluu, Oahu, Hawaii.

CoconutPalm003.jpg Coconut Palm picture by 7_Heads

You are bidding on One Live Sprouted Seedling

less than 12 inches tall overall with small starting bifid spike (may be just a nub). This plant are less than 1 year old. The petioles (leaf stems) and the leaves are a glossy green.  

Ready to be put in a 3 gallon container or just place where you want it to grow and water.

Please be aware Hawaiian coconuts are lethal yellowing free unlike the Caribbean coconut palms that have been devastated by this palm disease. Still rampant in many islands of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.

Many other palms like Manilas, can contract lethal yellowing as well. Please don't help spread this terrible palm disease.


Similar item pictured, may be bigger or smaller  

Most of us in the U.S. are familiar with the coconut palm from resorts in Hawaii, Florida and the Caribbean. Since falling coconuts can pose a serious (sometimes fatal!) health hazard to guests, they are often removed by resort managers hoping to avoid injuries and lawsuits. Honolulu regularly has tall cononut trees trimmed due to a lawsuit.

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes).

CoconutThe Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the Family Arecaceae. Coconut trees are palms that grow up to 90 feet high grow throughout the tropics. Their trunks are ringed with scars where old leaves have fallen. The top of the trunk is crowned with a rosette of leaves.

    Leaves - feather-shaped and split into lots of leaflets. Long leaves can grow up to 20 feet long and can have 250 leaflets. They are used for matting, weaving and thatching. Flowers - male and female flowers grow on the same plants on flowering branches. Flowers are pale yellow and are about 1 cm long. The base of flowering branches are tapped for sap.


The large spirally arranged leaves are up to 12 feet or more in length, and are pinnately divided into numerous strap shaped segments. The separate male and female flowers are in axillary panicles. The male flowers have 3 yellow petals and 2 stamens. The ovoid coconut is up to a foot long, and is composed of a thick fibrous husk, a hard shell, and a single seed with the copra lining the interior, and water (coconut milk) filling the cavity when it is young.

Hawaiian Coconut at Kahaluu, Oahu, Hawaii.

        This beautiful palm embodies the romance of the tropics and is also of great economic value. There are many varieties, from dwarfs to the familiar tall growing types that reach 50-80 ft. All have graceful gray trunks topped by a crown of pinnately compound yellow-green leaves. Each leaf is 12-15 ft  long with many leaflets.

This is an extremely important plant. It appears that Coconut Palms were introduced throughout the Tropics and the Hawaiian islands by ancient Polynesians. Coconut fibers were used to make twine by Ancient Hawaiians. The Hawaiians evidently grew two types of coconut. One was best for making rope and the other was best for consumption.


      Coconut fruits are oval and covered with a smooth skin which can be bright green, brilliant orange or ivory coloured. Underneath this skin is a thick fibrous layer which is used for coir. The next layer is the shell of the seed with the three characteristic ‘eyes’. The shell may be used to make charcoal and eating utensils. The inside of the shell is lined with a white, edible layer called the meat. This is also made into chemical, industrial and medicinal products. The fluid inside the seed cavity is known as coconut water (not milk). When seeds germinate, the new shoot sprouts from one of the eyes.

The coconut is the only species in the genus Cocos. In India it has been called the ‘tree of heaven’ or ‘kalpavriksha‘. Coconut palms are known as the ‘Tree of Life’ because of their huge variety of uses.

Hawaiian Coconut picture by 7_Heads

cocos_nucifera.jpg Hawaiian Coconut picture by 7_Heads Hawaiian Coconut Trees are palms that grow throughout the tropics.

    Coconut palms have two natural subgroups simply referred to as "Tall" and "Dwarf". Most commercial plantings use high yielding, longer lived Tall cultivars, and each region has its own selections, e.g., ‘Ceylon Tall', Indian Tall', ‘Jamaica Tall' (syn. ‘Atlantic Tall'), ‘Panama Tall' (syn. ‘Pacific Tall'). The Tall cultivar group is sometimes given the name Cocos nucifera var. typica, and the dwarf cultivar group C. nucifera var. nana. Samoan Coconut Trees are in this dwarf group. Dwarf cultivars, particularly the popular ornamentals, are largely self-pollinating as opposed to the Tall cultivars of commerce which rarely pollinate themselves.

     Coconuts are large, dry drupes, ovoid in shape, up to 15" long and 12" wide. The exocarp or skin is green, yellow, or bronze-gold, turning to brown, depending on cultivar and maturity. The mesocarp is fibrous and dry at maturity; the product coir is derived from this layer. The endocarp is the hard shell enclosing the seed. Seeds are the largest of any plant, and have a thin brown seed coat. Seeds are filled with endosperm, which is solid and adherent to the seed coat, and also in liquid form, called "milk". Copra is derived from the solid endosperm.


Coconut is a pan-tropical species usually found in humid coastal areas between latitudes 26 degrees north and south. The origin of this plant is uncertain, but many experts believe it's from the west Pacific and Indian Ocean islands. As it is not a palm for dry climates, it is typically encountered in the continental U.S. only in South Florida, and the extreme southern tip of Texas. Coconut palms are also occasionally seen in nominally frost-free micro-climates in Zone 9.


Soils and Climate
     Soils - adaptable to many soil types, and can be grown inland provided adequate drainage and pH between 5.0 and 8.0.
     Climate -  below 1000 ft elevation, frost-free subtropical areas and climates with extended dry seasons provided irrigation, but grow best in areas with mean temperatures of 70-80°F
    Water needs - 40-60" of water per year, and perform better in high humidity, supremely tolerant of hurricane force winds and driving rain, and rarely uprooted.

Tolerates salt spray better than most crops, and can tolerate brief flooding associated with tropical storms.

Light: Bright sunny locations.
Moisture: Can withstand drought, but likes moisture if well drained.
Hardiness: Zone 10 - 11; for virtually frostfree areas only. Coconut palms can tolerate frost and freezing of only briefest duration - even then leaves will discolor and the plant is left susceptible to fungus diseases.


           Hawaiian Tall Coconut makes a beautiful accent on the lawn and provides nice filtered shade for the patio.

          The Hawaiian Tall Coconut is very salt tolerant and is at its most sensational when planted beachside where the seabreeze can rustle its huge feather leaves.

Nothing sets a tropical tone like this Hawaiian Tall Coconut!


Common Names:

Coconut (English)

Nui (Hawaiian)

Narikela (Sanskrit)

Nariyal (Hindi)

Yubi (Manipuri)

Tennai (Tamil)

Nalikeram (Malayalam)

Kobbarichettu (Telugu)

Naral (Marathi)

Scientific Name:  Cocos nucifera


Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Liliopsida
Order : Arecales
Family : Arecaceae
Genus : Cocos
Species :
Cocos nucifera

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