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A Coco de mer or Is It a Sexy Coconut?

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kg; the mature seeds weighing up to 17.6 kg are the world’s heaviest (Uhl and Dransfield, 1987; Wise, 1998; Carlstrom, unpublished) and the female flowers are the largest of any palm (Uhl and Dransfield, 1987; Wise, 1998).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.

cocodemer forest

The Vallée De Mai palm forest, where coco de mer are growing. Photographed at Praslin, Seychelles

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.

female-cocodemer-seed

cocomale

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.

4 thoughts on “A Coco de mer or Is It a Sexy Coconut?”

  1. Wow! That is some sexy fruit. I’ve never heard about it until now. But I have heard about the Seychelles and it’s many islands.

    The diverse selection of plants and animals in our planet in something we should learn to preserve and protect. I do hope Laos will continue to take good care of it’s biodiversity as well as it’s many ethnic tribes too.

  2. This is my first time hearing about this also, very strange looking plant indeed. I think the unique plants found in certain regions and many ethnic tribes are the attractions that draw tourists into the region, boosting the tourist industry, and that is great for the economy, but not necessary good for the region’s natural environment and culture preservation, I guess it’s a give and take situation.

  3. My son told me about this seed that he learned about in school. We had a great laugh over the photos! Thank you, I learned something new.

  4. Hi Dara, thanks for the visit. I was a bit embarrassed to post at first, but looking at it now, I think it’s kind of amusing to look at. 🙂

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