Record Detail

Catalogue NumberDBN 2979
Artefact DescriptionCoconut coir bag used for feeding horses. The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics. Virtually every part of the palm has a human use making it extremely versatile and of great economic value. The fruit husk produces coir fibre used to make ropes, mats, stuffing fibres and sacks and the leaf mid-ribs are used to make brooms. The fruit is eaten fresh or dried, added to desserts and confectionaries, used to make coconut oil or coconut meal for livestock fodder. The husks are used as fuel and charcoal, to make musical instruments and as containers. Coconut milk, derived from the flesh has culinary uses and is used to produce virgin coconut oil while coconut water is a refreshing and nutricious drink. The coconut is also used medicinally to treat dehydration and inflammatory disorders.
TaxonARECACEAE Cocos nucifera
TDWG UseMaterials - Fibres
DonorRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew