The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a large long-living palm that yields the fruit of a coconut. The tree can last up to 100 years and can grow up to 98 feet tall. It can blossom up to thirteen times a year. The tree has a single bole the bark of which is smooth and ring-scarred. The pinnate leaves can reach 13-20 feet of length. They consist of linear-lanceolate bright green leaflets.
The Philippines is the world's largest producer of coconuts; the production of coconuts plays an important role in the economy as it is probably is the most utilized palm in the Philippines. Having a wide uses, one can literally survive with only this
- The Coconut fruit provides nutrition from its meat and water. We can make oil, wine, margarine, delicacies and even cosmetics from this fruit. The shell makes a good bowl and can also be converted into alternative fuel. The husk is widely used in the Philippines to clean floors (bunot), rugs, mats and carpets.
- The Coconut leaves make good brooms and can also be weaved into baskets and hats. One can also use them as roofing material for sheds.
- Coconut wood from the bark proves to be a good construction material for houses, furniture and woodwork ornaments.