The Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) is a rare palm tree from the Seychelles, which grows the world's largest wild fruit, containing the world's largest seed.
The fruit may be 40-50cm in diameter and can weigh up to 30kg. They take 6 or 7 years to grow and ripen, and the seed takes 2 years to germinate.
As you might expect, the flowers that produce those fruit are huge – the largest of any palm tree. When it germinates, the cotyledons which sprout from these seeds can be up to 4m in length!
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