Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The one-eyed coconut

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Normal coconuts have three round indented markings or "eyes"...
Thise coconut have only one !
This is a real coconut found in Africa in 1999. It belongs to the private collection of Dr R. Bourdeix, in Montpellier, France. There is no coconut palm producing regularly this kind of such a strange coconuts.
One eyed coconut is very rare; it occurs no more than one time within several millions of normal coconut. One-eyed coconuts are regarded highly by various cultures as a bringer of good-luck and prosperity.



In 2011, this coconut was sold on Internet to an Australian collector at the price of 550 USD . The main objective of this sale was not money, but communication. Now, many coconut researchers from everywhere in the world will look carefully at their coconuts straight in the eyes... Probably many new "coconut freaks" will be discovered in the 5 coming years.




Tuesday, January 10, 2006

two-eyed coconuts

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Normal coconuts have three round indented markings or "eyes"... These coconuts have only two !
They are real coconuts found in Africa. They belongs to the private collection of Dr R. Bourdeix, in Montpellier, France.
There is no coconut palm producing regularly this kind of such a strange coconuts.
Two eyed coconut are rare; it occurs no more than one time within several hundreds of normal coconut. They are known as "Ekaakshi Nariyal" in India.
Some Indian people call it "one eyed coconut", because they say normal coconut
have a mouth and two eyes (when we said three eyes),
so "Ekaakshi Nariyal" have a mouth and one eye
(when we say two eyes).
"Ekaakshi Nariyal" coconuts are sold
for approximatively 32 USD each
in an Indian internet site at this adress:

http://www.rudraksham.com/category.asp?page=2&category=pujaitem&type=%20%20more#


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Multi headed coconut palms


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You can see the description of the 3 headed "million dollars" coconut palm below (in the message dated 01/05/2006).
Following the publication of information about this 3 headed coconut palm, pictures of multi-headed coconut palms where sent to us.
One of the nicest image was sent to us by Luigi Guarino, with the mysterious name of "Rajnesh Sant"; It seems to be, at least, a nice 6 headed coconut tree but nobody knows where is located this palm. It seems to be a secret... So welcome to anybody having a more precise information.
Another famous 8 headed coconut palm was described by Marc Rombaud in the Island of Ko Samui. Up to now, there is no good picture available. This palm is well known as a tourist attraction, and some information can be found at this adress: http://www.samuitourism.com/attractions/coconut_tree.htm
So, to anybody having a good picture of the Ko Samui 8 headed coconut palm, please send it to us!

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Coconuts with 3 and half "eyes"


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Normal coconuts have three round indented markings or "eyes"...
This coconut have three and half !

It is a real coconut, not a virtual one. It belongs to the private collection of Dr R. Bourdeix, in Montpellier, France. There is no coconut palm producing regularly this kind of such a strange coconut. This sample is the only known example of a coconut having only one eye. This phenomenon occurs no more than one time within several thousands of normal coconut.

Coconut with 4 eyes

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Normal coconuts have three round indented markings or "eyes"...These coconuts have four!
They are real coconuts, not virtual one.
They belongs to the private collection of Dr R. Bourdeix, in Montpellier, France. There is no coconut palm producing regularly this kind of such a strange coconut. This phenomenon is quire rare. It occurs no more than one time within several hundreds of normal coconuts.














Three different coconuts are presented, of witch one is a really freak and especially rare!

The smallest one is of the Tahiti Red Dwarf Variety.

Coconuts with 4 eyes and half

Coconuts with 5 eyes


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Normal coconuts have three round indented markings or "eyes"...
This coconut have only five eyes...
and a very suggestive shape!

It is a real coconut, not a virtual one.
It belongs to the private collection of Dr R. Bourdeix, in Montpellier, France. There is no coconut palm producing regularly this kind of such a strange coconut. This sample is the only known example of a coconut having only five eyes and such a shape. This phenomenon occurs no more than one time within several millions of normal coconuts.

Twin coconut and twin coconut fruit




The double coconut (coconut with two kernel inside) was dicovered in India by the family of Dr Vijay Sadasivam, a a radiologist practicing in Salem, a small city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, during the year 2006. The precise variety is also unknown.


The double fruit (fruit with two coconut inside) was found at the Marc Delorme research station in Ivory Coast during the year 1999. Its variety is unknown; there is more than 60 different coconut varieties available in this research center, and this twin fruit was taken from a heap of fruits harvested in the germplasm collection.

Three Head coconut palm









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The Three Heads palm is a rare botanical curiosity. It amounts to just one case, reported on a plantation of approximatively 1,000 hectares, (i.e. 150,000 palms) of a coconut tree whose stem has branched on two occasions.
Usually, the coconut palm only has a single terminal bud which emits all the organs: bunches, fronds and stem. This single bud, which is well protected, functions continually in a system of vertical spirals. In general, 12 to 18 fronds and inflorescences are produced each year. Over the same period, the coconut palm produces from 20 to 160 cm of stem, depending on the age and variety. therefore a coconut palm will never stop growing, until it dies.
It is very rare to find coconut palms with several leaf crowns. Such abnormalities are usually caused by boring insect attacks, or by large branches falling off and damaging the terminal bud of the coconut palm. In a few rare cases, the damaged bud is not totally destroyed, but its growth is disrupted. This sometimes leads to stem branching. In the case of the Malayan Tall Three Heads, there is no scarring indicating insect attacks, or an accident that might have disrupted the bud and caused branching. Moreover, this branching has occurred twice and at least a full year apart.
It is likely that the cause of branching was accidental, even though signs of the accident are not visible. However, the fact that the coconut palm has branched twice indicates that this palm possesses a genetic predisposition to branching.
The Malayan Tall Three Heads is a botanical curiosity of which there is only one example in Africa. Coconut palms of this type may be of interest to botanical gardens or tourist sites.
So, this palm is for sale at the amazing price of USD 1 000,000 (one million dollars only). This money may help African research on the coconut palm to go further… It has been decided to harvest seednuts from the three heads and raise them in the research centre nursery. However, nobody knows whether the extraordinary characteristic of the parent will pass onto its progenies. Call back in 20 years to get the answer !

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Normal coconuts have 3 eyes, no less, no more !


The English name coconut, first mentioned in English print in 1555, comes from Spanish and Portugese word coco, which means "monkey face." It is said Spanish and Portugese explorers found a resemblance to a monkey's face in the three round indented markings or "eyes" found at the top of the coconut. A normal coconut have 3 "eyes", but not all the coconut with 3 "eyes" are ordinary ones as size, shape and disposition of the coconut "eyes" may vary a lot...
Indian people say that coconut have no one mouth and 2 eyes.