Dwarf coconut is a range of varieties of coconut palm. The use of the word “dwarf” here does not refer to the tree’s size, as it can reach heights of 50-80 feet which is certainly not a dwarf. Instead, the dwarf designation refers to the size in which it will begin to produce the coveted or harvestable coconut.
Other types of dwarfs are: (in alphabetical order)
- Cameroon Red Dwarf
- Chowghat Dwarf Green
- Chowghat Dwarf Orange
- Equatorial Guinea Green Dwarf
- Equatorial Guinea Yellow Dwarf
- Fiji Dwarf: form a large bulb at the lower stem
- Ghana Yellow Dwarf
- Gon Thembili
- Haari Papua
- Kelapa Gading
- Kelapa Radja
- Laccadive Dwarf
- Lakshadweep Dwarf
- Maldive Dwarf
- Rath Thembli
The Malayan Dwarf is a variety of dwarf coconut. The palm is classified based on the nut color: ivory yellow nuts, apricot red nuts, and green nuts. The palm's resistance to the Lethal Yellowing disease is the characteristic that makes it to be one of the important dwarf types in the world.
The Maypan coconut palm is a DwarfxTall hybrid between the Malayan Dwarf and Panama Tall. The DwarfxTall hybrid between the Malayan Dwarf (yellow) and West African Tall is locally known as Mawa, in Ivory Coast, Mawa is known as Port-Bouet-121.
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