Coconut taxonomy refers to the botanical classification of this fruit. The botanical name of Coconut fruit (Cocos nucifera) holds great importance in Scientific Classification of Coconut as it is a combination of genus (Cocos) and species (C. nucifera). The class and subclass of this fruit is Liliopsida and Arecidae. Family is a major taxonomic rank in classification of a fruit and is classified between order and genus. Family of Coconut is Arecaceae. Fruits with similar family possess similar characteristics.
Interesting facts about Coconut
Fruits have been a prominent part of human diet since ages! We eat fruits in raw, stored, canned form and even use them in various recipes. All of us have a basic idea about the characteristics of this fruit but there are some interesting facts about Coconut that are still unknown to many of us. Some of the intriguing Coconut Facts are:
- Burning coconut's husk helps repel mosquitoes.
- Surveys say that falling coconut kills hundreds every year.
- Coconut water is used as a substitute Blood Plasma & is called "father of modern tissue culture science".
Nowadays, hybridization of fruits has given rise to different varieties of fruits. The varieties of this fruit are Tall Varieties- West Coast Tall, Laccadiv Micro, Andaman Ordinary, Fiji, Kappadam, San Ramon, Philippines, Spicate, and Pratap. Dwarf Varieties- Chowghat Orange Dwarf (COD) and Chowghat Green Dwarf (CGD). It is not available in seedless variety.