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Seychelles' Coco de Mer Tree thrives in German Garden

A genuine Coco de Mer tree, which is usually seen on the grounds that surround Seychelles hotels and beaches, is thriving 4,700 miles from its native home as it takes part in an exhibition that combines nature and man-made art in Frankfurt, Germany.

Seychelles' Coco de Mer Tree thrives in German Garden

The Coco de Mer tree is a unique palm tree which is native to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles and often an ornamental fixture of lush gardens surrounding many Seychelles hotels. But there is one Coco de Mer tree which is thriving outside its native habitat, some 4,700 miles away in the city of Frankfurt.

The "Treasures of the Seychelles" exhibition is taking place at the lush botanical garden, Palmengarten, in the centre of Frankfurt, Germany and features a blend of natural and man-made art. The exhibition showcases photographs by German photographer, Angelika Fischer, and several paintings and etchings by brothers, George and Flocel Camille, who are both artists from the Seychelles.

This is one of the few places in the world where the Coco de Mer tree has successfully grown and during the opening ceremony on 20th April 2011, Dr Matthias Jenny, Director of the Palmengarten, received the gift of another Coco de Mer which was freshly imported from Praslin.

The opening of the exhibition was attended by the two brothers George and Flocel Camille whose paintings represent the stunning natural beauty of the Seychelles Islands, and etchings which highlight the Coco de Mer palm trees.

Additional exhibits include black and white photographs of the Vallée de Mai and its Coco de Mer trees which were captured by famous German freelance photographer, Angelika Fischer from Berlin.

The exhibition will run until 22nd May, 2011 and visitors will have the chance to win Seychelles holidays at two different Seychelles hotels in Praslin. The prizes are in association with Condor Airline, the Coco de Mer Hotel and the Castello Beach Hotel and include a one week stay for two at a selected luxury all inclusive Indian Ocean resort.

The Seychelles is a country with an archipelago of 115 islands situated in the Indian Ocean. Praslin is the second largest island after Mahe and boasts white sand beaches which fringe the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve is home to the unique Coco de Mer trees and vanilla orchids.

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