Pictures from Vallée de Mai in Praslin, Seychelles (Seychelles photo gallery 15).
Vallee de Mai, Praslin, Seychelles.
The Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a 19.5 ha area of palm forest which remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times.
The Vallée de Mai has the world's largest population of endemic coco-de-mer, the largest seed of any plant in the world. The nature reserve is also home to five other endemic palms and many endemic fauna species such as the endemic black parrot, which is totally dependent on the Vallée de Mai and the surrounding palm forest.
The nature reserve is a world heritage site (UNESCO). It is located in the heart of the granitic island of Praslin in Seychelles.
In the 19th century, the British General Gordon produced detailed 'proof' that the Vallée de Mai was the Garden of Eden and that Coco de Mer was the tree of knowledge.
Male Coco de Mer inflorescence, Seychelles.
The staminate inflorescence is catkin-like. It is one metre long or more.
See more pictures of Coco de Mer:
-- picture of coco de mer (nut)
-- picture of coco de mer (palm and fruit).
Vallée de Mai, Praslin, Seychelles - World heritage site.
See more pictures of Vallée de Mai :
-- another photo gallery about Vallée de Mai
-- another picture of Vallée de Mai
-- still another picture of Vallée de Mai
See other Seychelles pictures:
Gallery 1 (tourist attractions), Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4,
Gallery 5, Gallery 6 (fauna & flora), Gallery 7 (fauna & flora), Gallery 8,
Gallery 9, Gallery 10, Gallery 11, Gallery 12 (beaches),
Gallery 13 (coral islands), Gallery 14 (landscapes), and Gallery 16 (Vallée de Mai).
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