Tobaco Caye, Belize, Central America, Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), low angle view by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

Tobaco Caye, Belize, Central America, Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), low angle view

The coconut palm Cocos nucifera, is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word. The term is derived from 16th century Portuguese and Spanish coco, meaning "head" or "skull", from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features. Found throughout the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts.

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Uploaded 10 April, 2013

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