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ecosystems

Coconut palms

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Coral islands are the ideal habitat of coconut palms, probably the most commonly grown palm in the world. Coconuts are one of the main sources of income for the producing countries since a multitude of products can be obtained from them, that are used and appreciated by western countries as well. Even their leaves are used to produce baskets, roof coverings, etc. and the terminal buds of the adult plants are an excellent palm cabbage, or the sugary sap which drips out of its inflorescence through suitably-made cuts is used to make an alcoholic drink known as Toddy or palm wine. All parts of the coconuts are used: the fibres of the mesocarp, the milk, the kernel or pulp, the shell.

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