By Loxahatchee Adam
So I must have seen this palm for the last 20 years, but never thought about it until a few weeks ago. It's located at the farm next door to me. Huge fatty base, it towers over every other tree nearby- Roystonia, Washingtonia, Taxodium, Pinus, etc. There is distorted perspective because some of the trees are closer, making them appear taller, yet the coconut still towers. It is in line with the house and secondary house in the last pic. Figure 2 stores plus roof peak...you're looking at at least 30 ft ~ 9m on the roof height of the main house on the right. The peak on the secondary structure is probably in the 24 ft ~ 7 m range.
Picked this guy up at the grocery store. Picked my share of coconuts up of the beach and husked them but I never came across one that’s just about white like this? Has it been bleached ? I was going to sprout it with my kids for some fun.
Perhaps this is normal??
It was beyond sunny here in Hilo area yesterday. So nice! (this much sun has been a bit rare over the past year) I couldn't resist a pic of coconut and Clino fronds happy together. Coconut has bunch of keiki beneath that I suppose will remain as keiki given the shade.
The YouTube video below is a 2018 update of my green Malayan dwarf coconut palm that I've been growing for about 16 years now. My coconut palm actually fared very well from Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, but it was frond damaged by a frost I had this past February on the coldest night of the winter. I estimate my low temperature that morning (at sun up) was in the high 20s, as Lake Placid Elementary Schools STEM weather station (tied to weather underground website) recorded a low of just over 35 degrees, and I generally run 7-8 degrees colder since I'm in a low spot, and the school is on much higher ground up in town. I had some fear that the coconuts on my palm (that went through the winter) might not be good, but all the ones I've picked and ate were great tasting. They are small in size, but taste great just the same. The video shows one of the coconut I opened and ate. I gave a neighbor a couple of coconuts and she loved them.
I believe this is naturalized, I found this when looking around on street view in inland South Florida. https://email@example.com,-80.8995018,3a,62.5y,351.69h,94.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHWqyr5gpKPWrnnVv8ObX2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656