The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is thought to be native to the warm climates of Polynesia, Malaysia and southern Asia. The trees bloom and bear fruit throughout the year, growing a new flower spike nearly every month. This then becomes a cluster of six to twelve nuts. The nuts are the largest seed known to the world, and can take up to a year to fully mature.

The tree can yield two hundred coconuts.

‘Kalpa vrishka,’ the Sanskrit name for the coconut, means ‘tree which gives all that is necessary

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