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Lodoicea


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(double coconut; family Arecaceae)

A monotypic palm genus (L. maldivica) that is endemic (see endemism) to the Seychelles, rare in the wild, and often cultivated. It is a huge fan palm, with a trunk up to 30 m tall and leaves 3m or more long. It is dioecious. The inflorescences are unbranched, emerging through split leaf bases. Female flowers are 5 cm across. The fruit is like a huge bilobed coconut 45 cm long, weighing 14–22 kg, and containing 1 giant seed with a stony wall, the biggest seed in the world.

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