Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
When our building was requisitioned for the war effort during the second World War we were only given 48 hours to pack up all our collections!
Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.