Coco de Mer – Lodoicea maldivica
The Coco de Mer is the largest seed in the world, endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seyshelles.
The fruit requires 6 to 7 years to mature and another further two to germinate. It is without doubt one of the most universally well-known plants and holds several botanical records: the largest fruit recorded (42 kg), the largest female flowers of any pals and the largest mature seed (17,6 kg).
The Coco de Mer used to be known also as the Maldive Coconut, from where the scientific name comes from. In past centuries, when the Seyshelles were still unhabited, the coconuts were carried ocassionally in the currents of the sea, and many have been dfrited to the Maldives. There, they were gathered from the beaches and valued as an important trade and medicinal item. Before the true source of the nuts was discovered, they were believed by many to grow on a mythical tree at the bottom of the ocean. European Noblemen in the 16th centure would ofthern have the shells of these nuts polushed and decorated with valuable jewels. Nowadays, the Coco de Mer is a rare and protected species. Since 1995 the trade in nuts is controlled by the Coco-de-mer Management Decree.
37cm high – 25cm wide – 16cm depth
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All dimensions are without the mounting