Floral Biology of Coconuts in Zanzibar

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1964
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Tremlett, R.K
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The coconut palm, Cocos nucilera, is monoecious, with the male and female flowers borne on the same inflorescence. The inflorescence, which is commonly termed a spadix, consists of a central axis (rachis) from which spikelets (rachilae) arise in spiral order. The spikelets carry the male flowers at their distal ends and the female flowers at their pf10ximal ends. Male flowers are also carried at the distal end of the rachis. Male flowers are very numerous and female flowers relatively few. The numbers of spikelets, male flowers and female flowers are variable, both between and within individual trees and inflorescences, but show a degree of constancy within individual trees.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXX (2), p. 74-80
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