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Curieuse Island - Seychelles
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The islands of Curieuse and Praslin are home to the famous Coco-de-Mer, an endangered and protected type of palm tree (lodoicea maldivica) that grows only on these two islands; everywhere else in the Seychelles these palms have become extinct. The Coco-de-mer palm bears a fruit that resembles a double coconut, weighing up to 50 pounds, and it contains the largest seeds in the plant kingdom! In the late 1700’s the nuts were thought to have curative and aphrodisiac properties, probably because the nuts have the amazing resemblance to the female pelvic region; it is also called the “love nut” for its suggestive shape.

Curieuse Island is a small island (approximately 3 sq. miles) belonging to the Seychelles, and is located about 2½ mile off the north coast of Praslin. The Seychelles is an island nation located about 1,400 miles off the coast of East Africa (parallel to Tanzania).

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Copyright: Honza Kudr
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 4000x2000
Taken: 02/09/2011
Uploaded: 02/09/2011
Updated: 22/03/2015


Tags: curieuse island; seychelles; giant land tortoise; sanctuary; praslin island; la digue
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