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Only in the Philippines: A Spiral Coconut Tree

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Choose Philippines | Sep 08, 2015
Only in the Philippines: A Spiral Coconut Tree

The Philippines is one of the world's largest producer of coconuts (Cocos nucifera). The large palm can grow up to 30 meters tall and its leaves can extend until 6 meters long.

For an innovative country like ours, we have found a number of uses for the entirety of the coconut that it has become an important part of our economy. From its leaves to its roots, whether freshly harvested or dried, the plant has a use for Filipinos. Some places like San Pablo in Laguna even has a week-long festival as a thanksgiving for its abundance. 

One interesting coconut tree in Brgy. Tumakid in Lamitan, Basilan grew very differently than the rest of its kind. In all its towering glory, the tree runs in a spiral direction as it reaches for the sky.

 

(Photos courtesy of Lt. Col. Elmer Sederio, Commander, 3rd Scout Ranger Batallion.)

 

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