I read about this sexy coconut from Koosang Koosom Thai Magazine and thought they look somewhat exotic, and did a bit more research, somewhat shocking to see the photos, especially the male and female photos; this has to be the most mutated plant on the universe. I’m just hoping that these photos are authentic and not Photoshop.
It’s called A Coco de mer, also known as the Maldive coconut, is a rare type of palm tree found only in the Seychelles islands. The Coco de mer is the “only true case of island gigantism among Seychelles flowering plants, a unique feature of Seychelles vegetation” (Proctor, 1984). It is one of the most universally well-known plants and holds three botanical records; the largest fruit so far recorded weighed 42 kg; the mature seeds weighing up to 17.6 kg are the world’s heaviest (Uhl and Dransfield, 1987; Wise, 1998; Carlstrom, unpublished) and the female flowers are the largest of any palm (Uhl and Dransfield, 1987; Wise, 1998). It is a protected species.
It is a dioecious species, with male and female flowers located on different plants. The photos below are a bit exotic (almost x-rated in my opinion, readers beware). The female looks like a woman’s bottom, and the male, you be the judge.
Strange looking thing, the species is grown as an ornamental tree in many areas in the tropics, and subsidiary populations have been established on Mahé and Silhouette Islands in the Seychelles to help conserve the species. Now you know why the Thais called it sexy coconut, I still can’t believe what I’m seeing.