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

009.JPG Male coco de mer palm (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>) with distinctive catkins (flower cluster)ThumbnailsThe erotically shaped seed from the female coco de mer palm, with the male catkin inbetween

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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