The biggest seed in the world

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Sailors across the Indian Ocean used to believe that the seeds from the coc-de-mer came from mythical underwater coconut trees.The double coconut seeds were always hightly prized, and so once the tees were discovered on islands in the Seychelles, they became threatened with over-collection. The remaining two populations of these palm trees in the Seychelles are now protected in National Parks.

Here’s a clip of me talking about it with the Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, about our coco-de-mer.

 

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