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The female coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica) with several maturing fruit visible

009.JPG View over the Vallee de Mai, home to the coco de mer palm (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)ThumbnailsMale coco de mer palm (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>) with distinctive catkins (flower cluster)

The fruit can take up to seven years before reaching maturity and falling to the ground. It can then take several months for the outer husk to rot away and the seed may take two years to germinate.

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