COCONUT - "THE TREE OF LIFE"
THE COCONUT TREE
It can be truthfully said that no single plant gives so much
to man in such a variety of ways and yet asks so little in
return as the coconut palm.
Sri Lanka is indeed fortunate that the coconut palm (Cocos
Nucifera L) is indigenous to the island and forms a major
tree crop covering the bulk of the planted coastal areas of
Coconut grows on sandy soils close to the sea and also
thrives inland up to elevations 1, 600 feet. What strikes a
visitor immediately as he nears Sri Lanka are the waving
coconut palms whose geometric settings quickly indicate that
they have been planted carefully, as indeed they have been.
Their majestic appearance, standing so tall, lends
enhancement to the natural beauty of the coastal belt. Its
beauty alone is not the reason why Sri Lankans are so
endeared to this remarkable tree. Its value in terms of
utility is truly enormous and therefore, truly the tree of
life for Sri Lankans.