News, Notes, and Dispatches From Wherever Coconuts Grow

November 06, 2005

Wilma No Match for the Coco-de-Mer

From a Miami Herald story on the recent Hurricane Wilma:

Yet, says Laura Tooley, director of horticulture, some rare trees and palms were spared. The double coconut, coco-de-mer or Lodoicea maldivica, with the largest seeds in the plant kingdom, was just missed by trees falling on both sides of it. The garden's tallest tree, the arjun or Terminalia arjuna from India and Sri Lanka, still rises to a majestic 110 feet. It is sending out new leaves, but annually loses its leaves in late winter and becomes, for a short while, as regal a sculpture as it is today.

No messin' with the double coconut!

Posted by brian at November 6, 2005 10:40 AM