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Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.), we all know, is the proud owner of the distinction "Tree of Life." The tree provides mankind with food, shelter, furniture, novelty items, fuelwood, household implements, and important industrial products.

In the Philippines, the decade of the 80's saw lumber from coconut becoming a popular alternative to lumber from traditional wood species. This was brought about mainly by the ban on logging of Philippine forests. Compared with conventional lumber, coconut wood is more available and affordable. However, it is structurally unique and thus needs serious study and consideration.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1997
  • Publisher: Republic of the Philippines