The double coconut: The rare-shaped plant from Seychelles

The double coconut is known for its gigantic fruit, male inflorescence and enormous seed which resembles a pair of buttocks. It is endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in Seychelles, an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean. Due to habitat loss and over-collection, the double coconut palm is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The plant has the largest and the heaviest seed in the world, with a weight of 15-30 kilograms. The tree can grow to 20-30 meters. The interesting thing about the plant is that healthy, mature double coconut seeds can not float, as they are too heavy for the sea current. To get on the journey of dispersing, they have to be partially rotted to be able to float.

Seychelles, home to the rare fruit, is a popular tourist spot with diverse flora and fauna. So next time when you visit the country, don't forget to check out this amazing creature of nature. 

About 'Plants & Nations' 

"Plants & Nations" is a series of articles and pictures about common plants in the world. It serves as a guide to beautiful plants from different countries. 

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