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Yellow Coconuts

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 01, 2019, 12:24 (15 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I guess I was as clear as mud.

The disease resistant variety has yellow coconuts and quite yellow leaves. If you look closely, you can see there are several different varieties of coconut trees around.

Several varieties of coconuts were introduced along the Costa Grande to try to replace devastated huertas. One variety is a yellow dwarf palm tree with yellow fronds that still produced coconuts. But most palm trees here survived the disease, and many of the old huertas are still thriving. Maybe that short variety is what the Villa del Sol planted. The lethal yellowing is hard to miss. The coconuts drop prematurely and the palm trees' leaves dry up quickly and die. I lived in Florida when it wiped out most coconut palms on both coasts of Florida back in the 70's. Unfortunately it's been humans who have wiped out most of the coconut palms here in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. I used to sit atop La Madera and marvel at the beauty of the breeze rippling across all the palm trees that are ALL gone now.

The last street on the left is Vicente Guerrero street. Both of these photos are from the early 70's.
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El Vado - the lagoon crossing between La Madera and town.
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