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Challenge Yourself with This Coconut Tree Quiz

Priya Johnson Nov 10, 2020
We all love our coconuts and the ever-so refreshing coconut water. But, how much do we actually know about the coconut tree. Come let's find out through this tantalizing challenge...
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Coconut tree Cocos nucifera is the only living genus of the genus Cocos. Since it belongs to Arecaceae (palm family), it's also known as coconut palm.
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A characteristic of the grass family, even coconut palms have fibrous roots. Only a few grown deeper to give the tree stability. The rest are thin and remain close to the base.
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It's not surprising that coconut tree is the national tree of the Maldives, considering these palms are all over the country. It's also showcased on the national emblem of the country.
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Indonesia is the largest producer of coconuts, with Philippines and India in close pursuit. The coconut palm is actually cultivated in over 90 countries around the globe.
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The sap collected from the closed flowers of this palm is processed and converted to coconut vodka. This vodka typically contains 9-18% alcohol content.
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This tree of life is nicknamed 'tree of a thousand uses because every part of it right from husk, shell, trunk, leaves, flowers, fruit, roots, etc. are all used by man for a variety of purposes.
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The husk is burnt and used as a natural mosquito repellent in many parts of the world. The husk is also a great source of bio fuel.
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The official residence and office of the Philippino Vice President is almost entirely made of coconut timber. It's named Coconut Palace.
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Although a coconut palm can produce about 75 fruits a year, on an average a tree yields only around 30 fruits a year.
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The coconut palm doesn't grow well in dry climates. It needs high levels of humidity and adequate rainfall to thrive. They are intolerant of cold weather.
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The coconut palm can be categorized into three cultivar categories: tall, dwarf, and hybrid.
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Each an every part of the coconut palm is used for a variety of purposes. The green leafy portion is stripped away to reveal only the stiff midrib. A bundle of midribs or veins are tied together to make the broom.
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