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Coconut palms at Port Douglas, north Queensland

Grove of coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) towards the southern end of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas.


Because coconuts have been spread around the tropics over a long period of time by mankind, it is not known for sure whether they ever grew in northern Australia naturally. Australian aboriginals had no names or uses for them which suggests not. On the other hand, it is certain that they have been growing out in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years, and a wide variety of cultivated forms arrive from there and establish themselves naturally on the beaches of the Cape York Peninsula.

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Taken on May 4, 2008