What is the largest known seed?
Coco de Mer Produces the World's Largest Seed
- The world's largest seed comes from the Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica). Other common names used are Seychelles Island Palm, coco fesse, Maldive coconut, love nut, Seychelles nut, sea coconut, and double coconut.
- These plants grow wild on nutrient-starved, rocky soil.
- The Coco de Mer is a drupe.
The nut of the coco de mer, also called giant fan palm, double coconut, Seychelles nut, or Maldive coconut, is considered to be the biggest nut in the entire plant kingdom. It is the size of a coconut, and weighs around 27 kg.
- Not every plant grows from a seed. Some plants, like ferns and mosses, grow from spores. Other plants use asexual vegetative reproduction and grow new plants from rhizomes or tubers. We can also use techniques like grafting or take cuttings to make new plants.
- The “seeds" you see on the outside of a strawberry are actually the plant's ovaries and are called "achenes." Each “seed" is technically a separate fruit that has a seed inside of it. Despite all this confusion about strawberry seeds, most strawberries are not actually grown from seeds!
- Propagation: Propagating orchids from seed is quite difficult. Unlike the seeds of other plants, orchid seeds do not contain nutritional storage tissues. To overcome the odds, an orchid seed capsule typically disburses millions of microscopic seeds, which can be carried hundreds of miles from the mother plant.
The Giant Montane Pitcher plant, Nepenthes rajah, is the largest meat-eating plant in the world. It's big enough to trap rats – though it doesn't do it very often. But there's another taste it prefers to that of meat: poop. Specifically, the waste of the tree shrew.
- Dionaea, North Carolina Not from a mysterious and hidden land, that is for sure. Venus flytraps come from low-lying flatlands in coastal North Carolina, mostly around the town of Wilmington. They also occur, in much less abundance, in north-eastern South Carolina.
- Pitcher plants (Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Cephalotus, etc.) capture foraging insects, especially flies, moths, wasps, butterflies, beetles, and ants. Venus flytraps capture any crawling insect---mine feast particularly on spiders, but plants in the wild have different diets.
- But still — they're plants, but they eat flesh. The plant lived, although it was from then on given a diet of wholesome insects. So it seems — under very specialized circumstances — a venus flytrap might eat a person, if they were cut up and fed to it a gram or two of skin at a time.
Updated: 18th September 2018