coconut palm Arecaceae Cocos nucifera
Leaf:Alternate, pinnately compound, up to 18 feet long; individual leaflets, lance shaped and 2 to 3 feet long, dark green, arching, the leaf bases wrapped by a burlap-like husk.
Flower:Occur on a dense, upright slightly-branched cluster, white, appearing in spring, the whole structure wrapped in a sheath.
Fruit:A coconut, perhaps one of the best known and most useful fruits in the world. Technically a large drupe with a fibrous outer husk and a woody inner shell, which contains the white "meat" (copra) and coconut "milk", generally in clusters.
Bark:Light grayish brown, ringed, becoming more smooth with age.
Form:Tall, slender, straight tree with a gracefully curved trunk reaching up to 80 feet tall, feathery top.