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The Coco de Mer is a palm endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles.
The mature fruit is 40-50 cm in diameter and weighs 15-30 kg, and contains the largest seed in the plant kingdom.
In centuries past the coconuts that fell from the trees and ended up in the sea would be carried away westwards by the prevailing sea currents.
In this way many drifted to the Maldives where they were gathered from the beaches and valued as an important trade and medicinal item.
Legend has it that sailors who first saw the nut floating in the sea imagined that it resembled a woman’s disembodied buttocks.
Until the true source of nut was discovered in 1768, it was believed by many to grow on a mythical tree at the bottom of the sea.

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  • Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1206] (7330)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-11-01
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: OLYMPUS E-510
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 13:06
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