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Lodoicea maldivica (Coco de mer, Double coconut)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Arecales > Genus: Lodoicea

Lodoicea maldivica (Coco de mer, Double coconut)  

Lodoicea maldivica under cultivation in the Palm House of the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ©]

 

Native to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. Holds the records as the plant with the largest fruit (42 kg) and largest seed (up to 17.6 kg) (Wikipedia). These seeds are sometimes washed up on southern African beaches but do not germinate here. Plants are cultivated in southern Africa.

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