African Plant Database


Cocos nucifera L.
Family : ARECACEAE
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 1188 (1753)
Information on the genus : Cocos
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Calappa nucifera (L.) Kuntze
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cocos indica Royle
=Cocos mamillaris Blanco
=Cocos nana Griff.
=Diplothemium henryanum F. Br.
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 25 m tall and 20-30 cm in diameter, almost always straight; leaves numerous, to 5 m long, frequently with an arched rachis and more or less pendant leaflets; inflorescences once branched, covered by a woody peduncular bract; fruits 1-seeded.
Ecology : In Africa common in coastal habitats, particularly sandpits and similar in-shore island situations (Tuley, 1995).
  For a comprehensive description of the uses of this palm in West tropical Africa see Burkill (1997).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Scripta Bot. Belg. 4: 106 (1993).
  • Fl. Ethiopia & Eritrea 6: 526 (1997).
  • Pl. Mt Cameroon : 179 (1998).
  • Check-list Pl. Vasc. Gabon : 320 (2006).
  • Strelitzia 22: 172 (2008).
  • Fl. Rép. Guinée : 383 (2009).
  • Fl. Zambes. 13(2): 63 (2010).
  • Boissiera 65: 33 (2012).
 
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Map
carte afrique num 33239
 
Record n°33239
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