Wildlife Wednesday – the water coconut

201110 Mekong Delta-88, originally uploaded by anthonli.

The banks of the Mekong delta are filled with these semi aquatic palms, called dua nuoc, or water coconuts. In Singapore and Malaysia, they are called attaps.
These versatile plants are used by people for many purposes. The pits of the fruits are soft, sweet edible flesh that fills many a dessert table. The leaves serve as thatch for housing and the husks and trunk when dried serves as fuel.

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