The spreading of the coconut palms
The coco palm is one of the most favourite trees, because for the people from all over the world this is a symbol of exotic. Why?
The answer is easy – because this tree grow only in the warm climate zones of our planet, mainly near by the sea or ocean.
The reasons are two: first – the palm uses the sea and ocean water to spread its coco nuts in all parts of the world and second, because it grows in sand or sandy soils. If the coconut gets into the suitable conditions, it can strike roots.
This plant can grow relatively fast. Some trees can reach 30 – 35 m and can get older than 100 years. On the top the tree form beautiful crown from huge and pinnate heavy leaves.
The appearance of the coco palms is not accidental. Every part of this plant is adapted to withstand on the regular, strong tropical storms.
The stem of the tree is supple and steady. The leaves of the coco palms are perfectly adapted to allow the heavy rains, to pass through them, without to inflict damages to the tree. This exotic tree is wide spreads all over the world.
It grows in wide areas of North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The palm can‘t be found only on the European continent.
In Asia, the tree is wide spreads from the coast of Red Sea in the west to the Japanese islands of Okinawa in the east. At Australia this plant is spread in the north of the 30-th degree of latitude.
On the territory of Africa the plant can be seen in many places with the exception of the Mediterranean coast and the southern-most part of SAR, because of the subtropical climate.
Although the Mediterranean climate is warm, nevertheless the short winter is sufficient factor to stop the spreading of the coco palm on the Mediterranean coast and SAR (South African Republic).
The palm is most widespread in the south – east part of Asia, on the Caribbean Islands and on the tropical Pacific islands.
Except the warm climate, the coco palm also prefer the higher humidity, although the plant is more dry – resisting than cold – resisting.
In many occasions, the crown of the coco palm is home to different kinds of birds, lizards, insects, and so on, because they can find shelter among the greenness, especially on the higher trees. Even if charming, this amazing plant can be also danger and insidious. Sometimes the coco palms claim victims.
The coconuts that grow in the crown of the palms are quite heavy – they vary between 2 kg and 4 kg and the wood of the nutshell possess exceptional hardness.
In combination by the significant height of the trees, the falling of some coconut can be very dangerous if there is somebody under the coco palm.
Unfortunately, sometimes are happen accidents. In some cases, the consequences can be fatal. In the developed countries have not allowed to have coconuts on the palm trees in the cities, because the coconuts can be reason for accidents.
In many tropical countries, there are coconuts plantations. This is because of the wide putting into the practice of the coconuts – into the food industry, cosmetics and so on.