Monday, April 12, 2010

Coconut Flowers

Coconut flowers (above photo) don't much look like most other flowers. When the palm's flower sheath splits open, you see long strands of male flowers (they look a little like corn on the cob) and strands of female flowers (little baby coconuts).

In a couple of weeks the male flowers all fall off and the little coconuts begin to look like acorns (photo below). Here on resorty Maui, coconut palm trees are aggressively trimmed a couple of times each year to prevent people getting bonked on the head by falling coconuts. Even though it would explain a lot - I have never been conked by a coconut . . . at least that I can remember.


  1. Love3 the coconut flower pic Don..its been awhile since ive seen one!

  2. What an incredible blossom. I am not at all familiar with this plant, but it sounds like one I would like to get to know better.