COCONUT PALM FLOORING
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera), is also called Indian Palm or Porcupine Wood. It is an
exotic species which comes from the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, the Philippines and
South East Asia. There, it is a very important feature of the natural and cultivated
landscape. There are some coconut palm plantations in Far North Queensland.
In the past, the fruit has been the basis of economic interest. Because of the large
numbers of overmature, unproductive trees, coconut wood has generated considerable
interest. Coconut has no annual growth rings, no rays, no heartwood, no branches and
no knots. Its fibrous nature makes it hard to cut unless green – a quite unusual prospect
for woodworkers. It is durable only in dry conditions.
It can be used for general structural purposes: flooring, window frames, tool handles,
furniture, carving, turnery. Softer material (from higher up the stem) can be used for wall
panelling and internal trim.