Cocos nucifera, Fam. Arecaceae
A solitary palm to 30m with a stout trunk, particularly at base.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Palm or palm-like plant|
Large pinnate arching fronds to 6m long with numerous leaflets.
|Flower description:||Three-petalled cream to yellow, about 12mm long, borne in large axillary sprays.|
Brown, Green, Orange, Yellow
|Fruit description:||Large drupes rarely less than 200mm, green, yellow-orange and finally brown with fibrous husk surrounding one 80-100mm long ‘nut’.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Probably Pacific & Indian Ocean islands, now Pantropic|
|Notes:||Spread by: water, including ocean currents, indiscriminately dumped fruit, gravity. Invades: coastal areas, destabilising dune systems. Notes: historically, widely planted on islands and coastal areas; still being used in amenity plantings. They have many economic uses but naturalised populations can become serious environmental weeds. Over time, unattended plants produce expansive populations with a thick ground layer of fallen fronds and fruit. Falling coconuts may also be a safety hazard. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|