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The Tall-type coconut varieties, sometimes referred to as var. typica (Nar.), are widely distributed, generally grow more than 50 cm annually, flower at 6-10 years with an economic life of 50-60 years.
The sexuality of the plants is very inventive! Each coconut palm is bisexual and produces inflorescences bearing both female and male flowers. It can therefore pollinate itself; moreover, most Dwarf coconut palms reproduce in that way. In Tall coconut palms, the pollination mechanisms are more complicated. To understand them, it needs to be known that the female phase of an inflorescence corresponds to the period when female flowers are receptive, and the male phase begins as soon as the inflorescence opens and ends when the last male flower falls. In some varieties, all the male flowers ripen and fall before the female flowers are receptive. In that case, cross-pollination takes place: it necessarily involves two different parents. But another phenomenon further complicates this mechanism. It is also possible for pollination to take place between two successive inflorescences on the same palm. The female phase of a given inflorescence may partially coincide with the male phase of the following inflorescence. The coconut palm is therefore a species in which two different reproduction methods exist side by side.