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Coconut Palm

It is claimed ( without proof) that  150 deaths occur due to falling coconuts in a year, a number which is more than shark attacks  on people.

In Mangalore, on our summer vacation, we would rest as the sun set in the cozy courtyards .  Most homes have a coconut palm looming over your head.  We would look up nervously at the coconuts , while our hosts would ask us to relax.  They would assure us that  no coconut would drop while there was a human below.  In all my visits there, I have only heard the sound of coconuts drop at nights. ….

 The Coconut Palm is a member of the palm family. It is the only accepted species in the Genus Cocos.  It is large palm, growing to 30 m tall, with pinnate leaves 4-6 m long. The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm. The flowers of the coconut palm are both male and female flowers in the same inflorescence. Flowering occurs continuously, with female flowers producing seeds.


Botanical name: Cocos nucifera      Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)

The first picture was taken at Shilparamam.  The other two are of a tree that grows right opposite my apartment.  It is home to many squirrels.


One response »

  1. Squirrels are such cute creatures no :)
    Interesting info abt the falling of coconuts!


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