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I'm busy, try Darwin!

Rev. Leonard Jenyns, one of the stalwarts of the Institution, was asked to go on the voyage of The Beagle, but declined saying he was far too busy with his parish but recommended his friend Charles Darwin go instead!!

Curatorial Curiosities

Coco-de-Mer (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)

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.