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Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut

Red Dwarf

Coconut Palm Seed

aka: Tahiti Red Dwarf

Cocos nucifera var. haari papua

Family Name: Arecaceae

Polynesian Name: Haari Papua

~Haari Papua~

Haari Papua Coconut Palm Tree

You are bidding on one sprouted seed shipped from Hawaii.

Rangiroa Red Dwarf and Coconut Palm Seeds

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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. Malayan Gold  Dwarf Coconut is a short palm tree up to 45 feet in height, but usually much less.


 Rangiroa Red Dwarf and Coconut Palm Seeds

Rangiroa Red Dwarf and Coconut Palm Seeds

photos courtesy Dr Roland Bourdeix

Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut

Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut is a short palm tree up to 45 feet in height, but usually much less.


      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 coconut trees trimmed due to a lawsuit. This is a solution to this problem. Malayan Gold Coconut Trees stay short and thin. It bears coconuts are able to be picked with a short ladder.

      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.

This Red Dwarf from Tahiti was introduced into Africa in the 1970s. However, in Tahiti it is known as the “Haari Papua”, literally “Papuan coconut”. Yet, Papua New Guinea is almost 6,000 km from Tahiti, at the other side of the Pacific Ocean ! For several centuries, Polynesian or Melanesian sailors traveled across the Pacific Ocean bringing plants with them. They considerably confused the issue of coconut variety origins.

In Polynesia, Tahiti Red Dwarf is mostly used for decoration in gardens and villages. On well watered volcanic soils, some palms bear numerous small fruits, which are left on the palms for a long time and only few of them are consumed.

Perhaps the function of the Tahiti Red Dwarf resembles that of so-called “wedding” coconut palms in the Tuvalu islands. When there are too many guests and not enough good big drinking nuts, the guests are treated to these pretty little fruits available in large numbers.

Although this Dwarf is quite widespread in certain Pacific islands (Cook, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa), it is not well represented in international collections. Only one accession of this variety, comprising 73 living palms in 2004, is preserved in the Ivorian collection at the “Marc Delorme” Research Centre.

As it flowers late and produces small yields, researchers have shown little interest in the Tahiti Red Dwarf. Very little use has yet been made of it in the breeding programs. In Côte d'Ivoire, it was crossed with four other varieties in 1993.

quote courtesy Dr Roland Bourdex

Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut Palm Seedling

Tahiti Red Dwarf

In Côte d'Ivoire, this Dwarf is the frailest of all the coconut varieties. Eight years after planting, its slender stem does not exceed a metre in height on average. Its growth is slower than that of the Brazilian Green Dwarf. Its very supple fronds with long leaflets give it a particular silhouette, by which this variety can be distinguished from the Malayan Dwarf.


Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut makes a beautiful accent on the lawn and provides nice filtered shade for the patio.

Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut is very salt tolerant and is at its most sensational when planted beachside where the sea breeze can rustle its huge feather leaves.

    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. Malayan Gold 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.

Golden Malayan Nuts

Hardiness: USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

The coconut palm starts fruiting 6 to 10 years after the seed germinates and reaches full production at 15 to 20 years of age. It continues to fruit until it is about 80 years old with an annual production of 50 to 200 fruits per tree, depending on cultivar and climate. The fruits require about a year to develop and are generally produced regularly throughout the year.

     Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconuts are small drupes, ovoid in shape, up to 12" long and 10" wide. The exocarp or skin is yellow to gold, turning to brown with age. The mesocarp is fibrous and dry at maturity.

Coconut palm cultivars
Lethal yellowing resistance
Petiole and immature fruit color
Jamaica Tall
Very low
Green or bronze
Panama Tall
Rather low
Green or bronze
Hawaiian Tall
Rather low
Green or bronze
Malayan Dwarf
Rather low
Green, or bronze
Malayan Dwarf Semi-Dwarf Rather low Yellow
Malayan Dwarf Semi-Dwarf Rather low Golden
Maypan hybrid
Green or bronze
Samoan Dwarf (Niu Leka)
Green or bronze

During the last two decades, coconut palms in south Florida have been attacked by a microorganism that causes a fatal disease called lethal yellowing. Fortunately, Rangiroa Red Dwarf Coconut is lethal yellowing resistant.

        The Malayan Dwarf Coconuts and Samoan Dwarf Coconut in Hawai‘i, and many other palm species are resistant to lethal yellows. The 'Malayan Dwarf' cultivar and the hybrid 'Maypan' have been widely planted in Florida because of their reported resistance to lethal yellowing (LY), a fatal disease of coconut palms in Florida and parts of the Caribbean region.

Although these varieties were originally believed to be highly resistant to this disease, long-term trials in Florida have revealed that they are only slightly less susceptible than the 'Jamaican Tall' they were intended to replace. The only cultivar in the United States that has been demonstrated in long-term studies to be resistant to LY is the 'Samoan Dwarf' (Niu Leka), a slow-growing variety with very broad leaves and leaflets.


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