Behind him, as he walked through the city gates, an antelope skin and brass-handled crutch under his arm, and a begging-bowl of polished brown coco-de-mer
in his hand, barefoot, alone, with eyes cast on the ground--behind him they were firing salutes from the bastions in honour of his happy successor.
palms (Lodoicea maldivica) are native to two islands in the Seychelles that have starved, rocky soil.
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The islands are also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Vallee de Mai, upon whose ancient palms grows the wondrous Coco-de-mer
and fabled Aldabra, the largest raised atoll in the world.
To commemorate his visit, President planted a Coco-de-Mer
seed at the Bio-Diversity Centre.
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and is the site of the Vallee de Mai Unesco World Heritage Site, where the rare coco-de-mer
Here is the only place on Earth you can find the gigantic coco-de-mer
, the world's largest seed.
Ken's shop was like a vast reference library where a carved Persian coco-de-mer
begging bowl rubbed shoulders with a quartet of lavishly gilded Flemish allegorical pilasters (circa 1700 - estimate pounds 6,000-pounds 9,000, which means the auctioneers have no idea what they're worth).
The Seychelles have several rare-bird colonies and the fabled coco-de-mer
palms, and may actually have more giant tortoises than the Galipagos.
A single coco-de-mer
, the largest known seed, can weigh 23 kilograms, as much as an airline passenger's checked luggage, writes Jonathan Silvertown, an ecologist at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England.