Lodoicea maldivica is famous for its appearence

EagleHeadline | Jun. 19, 2017

Endemic to the Seychelles. Natural stands of the Coco-de-mer are only found on the Vallée de Mai, Island of Praslin, Seychelles. It is extinct on St Pierre, Chauve-Souris and Round Islands. Planted subpopulations occur on Mahé and Silhouette Islands.

The Coco de Mer fruit is edible, but is not commercially available due to the restricted distribution and difficulty in cultivating the plant. The jelly-like flesh of Coco de Mer was considered to have medicinal properties. The empty shells are carved into vessels and bowls; large ones have been carved into stools and table bases.

The appearence of it is really embarrassing. In the local culture, it is the symbol of reproducing. Apart from expensive price, local government has kept strict control of the goods. If the tourist wants to bring it back,  you must have a license issued by the local government.

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