Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
The paintings by Andrea Casali were originally for Beckford's Fonthill Splendens in Dorset. We bought them for twelve guineas!
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.