Jean ROBERT Nature and Travel Photography
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?Coco de mer? (Lodoicea maldivica), also famous as ?coco-fesse? for its voluptuous shapes... For centuries, the origin of this seed (the heaviest of the world with a record of 20 kilos for 50 cm long) has remained mysterious. T. In the heart of the Praslin island, the Mai valley sheltered more than 7000 ?coco de mer? trees, remains of the palm grove that used to cover once a part the Gondwana. Stayed in its natural state until 1930, the Mai valley was almost turned into a botanical garden with the introduction of exotic species. Fortunately, the government bought back the valley in 1948. Nowadays, the valley has been recorded as making part of the worldwide Unesco's patrimony
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