Coastal Desert & Beach Plants - maui-mike


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These coconuts are well along in the ripening process, just beginning to turn brown and developing a thick outer husk (or exocarp). If left unharvested, the nuts will harden and dry out, eventually dropping to the ground when completely ripe.

One of the hazards of living with coconut palms is that the large, heavy nuts commonly dislodge from their stems when ripe and fall to the ground with a good deal of force. I've never been konked by one of these but have come close on several occasions.

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