Family Name: Arecaceae (Palmae)
Synonyms: Palma cocos, Cocos nana, Cocos indica
Common Names: Coconut, Coconut Palm, Kelapa, Niyor
Height: 1.5 TO 1.8 METRES CLEAR TRUNK HEIGHT
The trunk can be used in the construction of houses; the husk of the fruits make excellent fibre and thermal insulating boards, besides being used to make mats, carpets and ropes; the laves are used for thatching while their midribs make excellent brooms. The flesh of the fruits can be eaten fresh, squeezed to give coconut milk for cooking or pressed for oil; and the water makes a good drink. The shell of the fruits are made into ladles, buttons or used as fuel.