Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3955

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Non-native: probably tropical islands of western Pacific (now pantropical)
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Waif(s)

Look for it . It rarely reaches our shores as propagules (coconuts, which may germinate and live briefly), but it is not established, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound
Alternate, spirally arranged

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Staminate flowers creamy yellow
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
6 stamens in staminate flowers
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary inflorescences

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
green, yellow, or bronzy red when immature, brown when mature
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Arecales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Cocos nucifera   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cocos nucifera   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cocos nucifera

 

COMMON NAME:
Coconut Palm