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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Seychelles Home of the Giant 66 pound Sea Coconut of Africa

Seychelles is home to the Lodoicea maldivica or Sea Coconut of Africa.


Seychelles is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island on the Seychelles is Mahe, which is home to about 90% of the population of Seychelles and the site of its capital city Victoria. The Seychelles is home to numerous amounts cinnamon trees and one of the original homes of the Sea Coconut also known as Coco de Mer. The Sea Coconut has the largest leaves and the largest seed in the plant kingdom. The seeds weigh in around 14.9 kg or 33 pounds to a hefty 29.9 kg or 66 pounds.

Sea Coconut Photo by rwiedower



Trees generally take 30-60 years to begin flowering and may continue to do so for another 100-150 years. One of the homes of this fantastic tree is the Seychelles, where only two populations of the Coco de Mer remain in the wild. Due to the fantastic almost unbelievable size of the seed, the sea coconuts were believed to grow on a mythological tree at the bottom of the sea. 

This rare palm tree has a female sex and a male sex and is used in the creation of variety of herbal mixtures and medicines for coughs and colds. The Coco de Mer tree is now a rare and protected species. Trade in the sea coconut seeds is closely watched, but plundering Coco de Mer trees for illegal trade remains a problem because of their high value to buyers. Another threat to the sea coconut is fire since trees take almost half a century to start producing seeds. 


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