The Coco De Mer is one of the most peculiar fruits in the world: it only grows on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse (Seychelles) and looks incredibly like the female genitalia on one side, and like buttocks, on the other.
The ripe fruit is very heavy, 15 to 25 kg, so it cannot float on the water, it sinks instead until the flesh inside decomposes, and resurfaces only thanks to the gases inside. Hence the erroneous belief this was the fruit of some unknown marine tree, and also the name ‘sea coconut’. This also explains why this palm has never spread to other islands.
This species is currently protected and has become a collector’s item, as it is exported strictly under government control. The profits are used for environmental conservation activities.
Coco de Mer size: 270 x 250 x 165 mm
Height with stand: 330 mm
Weight: 2365 g
- Coco de Mer or Sea Coconut
- - on hardwood plinth
- Scientific Name
- Lodoicea maldivica
- CITES relevancy
- CITES Appendix III - Annex C in the EU
- 330×250×165 mm
- 2365 g