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(Atlas Obscura)   Giant seeds that resemble human buttocks are irresistible to poachers. Lonely, lonely poachers   (atlasobscura.com) divider line
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2021-10-20 10:53:57 PM  
Sometimes those poachers feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

/I know some farkers like a crazy woman
 
2021-10-21 1:35:54 AM  
What about giant seeds that are inserted between the buttocks?

Morty puts seeds up his ass
Youtube XK4_qIu6moE
 
2021-10-21 2:20:08 AM  
"You don't come here to hunt, do you?"
 
2021-10-21 3:24:51 AM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legends​_​of_the_coco_de_mer

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Photo collage showing the female coco de mer fruit with no husk as well as the male coco de mer catkin
 
2021-10-21 3:25:38 AM  
If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.
 
2021-10-21 3:50:32 AM  
This is the real tree that Satan tempted Adam and Eve with, isn't it?
 
2021-10-21 4:40:18 AM  
I have the perfect fruit to pair with that.

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2021-10-21 5:17:16 AM  

dyhchong: If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.


You have to poach the nuts and invest British Museum levels of wealth, theft, and expertise to do that.

Also it endangers the current ecosystem, hence anti poaching laws.

On the other hand, people who poach probably DGAF about the environment or have land and resources to farm it, so they just grab one and flip it for cash.
 
2021-10-21 6:01:07 AM  
Numerous species here exist nowhere else in the world. The Seychelles Black Parrot, the Bronze Gecko, the White Slug.

Does it talk?

Not really.
 
2021-10-21 6:10:49 AM  

leeksfromchichis: dyhchong: If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.

You have to poach the nuts and invest British Museum levels of wealth, theft, and expertise to do that.

Also it endangers the current ecosystem, hence anti poaching laws.

On the other hand, people who poach probably DGAF about the environment or have land and resources to farm it, so they just grab one and flip it for cash.


If there's demand in China with businessmen who will pay top dollar, there's your wealth, land, business sense and absence of morals needed to pull it off.

The poachers don't need the business acumen, the customers already have it. If I was snorting the stuff and it wasn't an illegal substance the first thing I'd be looking at is growing it, and if, in seven years time when I start bearing fruit, the origin finds that poachers have stripped the land bare then I can send seeds home, become a hero, destroy the poaching market due to a large increase in supply and turn a large profit.
 
2021-10-21 7:23:38 AM  
The kernel inside coco de mer seeds is considered an aphrodisiac in parts of Asia

It seems that just about everything is considered an aphrodisiac in parts of Asia.
 
2021-10-21 8:21:07 AM  

runwiz: The kernel inside coco de mer seeds is considered an aphrodisiac in parts of Asia

It seems that just about everything is considered an aphrodisiac in parts of Asia.


Why do you think there are so many Asians?
 
2021-10-21 8:33:59 AM  
Heheh "love nut"
 
2021-10-21 9:43:27 AM  

dyhchong: If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.


A bit longer. FTA:

Coco de mer trees might need 40 years to reach adulthood, though some trees may begin reproducing as early as 11.

So as much as 40 years.  Doesn't mean farming isn't an option, but....

Problem is, farming them is such an investment, in both money, effort, and time.  Meanwhile, some Joe without the money, land, expertise, or time can just sneak a few off for a quick buck.

As long as there is demand without a corresponding legal supply, there's gonna be poaching.  The real question is is there enough demand, now and reliably in the future far off enough to see a return, to get someone interested in farming these as a crop?  Even if they do start farming it, how long until they have enough supply to catch up with demand and choke off the black market?  If that point is 50 years or more away, how much damage will be done to the native population?
 
2021-10-21 10:58:29 AM  

ReverendLoki: dyhchong: If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.

A bit longer. FTA:

Coco de mer trees might need 40 years to reach adulthood, though some trees may begin reproducing as early as 11.

So as much as 40 years.  Doesn't mean farming isn't an option, but....

Problem is, farming them is such an investment, in both money, effort, and time.  Meanwhile, some Joe without the money, land, expertise, or time can just sneak a few off for a quick buck.

As long as there is demand without a corresponding legal supply, there's gonna be poaching.  The real question is is there enough demand, now and reliably in the future far off enough to see a return, to get someone interested in farming these as a crop?  Even if they do start farming it, how long until they have enough supply to catch up with demand and choke off the black market?  If that point is 50 years or more away, how much damage will be done to the native population?


To farm them, you need either the right climate (i.e., an island like the Seychelles--plenty of those to go around) or a climate-controlled greenhouse that can accommodate trees 100 feet tall.  And you need to establish viable populations of whatever symbiotes the trees depend on, including ones that botanists don't know about yet.

There were plans to build an arboretum to preserve the vanishing endemic plant species native to Mauritius, and a sharp-eyed botanist noticed that one of the trees that was to be cut down to allow construction of the building was a previously unknown species.
 
2021-10-21 4:12:39 PM  
Coco de Mer is my burlesque name.
 
2021-10-21 6:48:08 PM  

flondrix: ReverendLoki: dyhchong: If anything, plants should be the least poachable items.

You can literally just plant the seed and get more out of it. Yes it takes 7+ years to mature, but so does an avocado tree. And a pine tree takes 10 years to grow before you can harvest it.

Farm the bloody things, problem solved and unlimited and growing supply.

A bit longer. FTA:

Coco de mer trees might need 40 years to reach adulthood, though some trees may begin reproducing as early as 11.

So as much as 40 years.  Doesn't mean farming isn't an option, but....

Problem is, farming them is such an investment, in both money, effort, and time.  Meanwhile, some Joe without the money, land, expertise, or time can just sneak a few off for a quick buck.

As long as there is demand without a corresponding legal supply, there's gonna be poaching.  The real question is is there enough demand, now and reliably in the future far off enough to see a return, to get someone interested in farming these as a crop?  Even if they do start farming it, how long until they have enough supply to catch up with demand and choke off the black market?  If that point is 50 years or more away, how much damage will be done to the native population?

To farm them, you need either the right climate (i.e., an island like the Seychelles--plenty of those to go around) or a climate-controlled greenhouse that can accommodate trees 100 feet tall.  And you need to establish viable populations of whatever symbiotes the trees depend on, including ones that botanists don't know about yet.

There were plans to build an arboretum to preserve the vanishing endemic plant species native to Mauritius, and a sharp-eyed botanist noticed that one of the trees that was to be cut down to allow construction of the building was a previously unknown species.


And avocado trees are roughly 5-13 years to reach maturity. The buttnut tree might require a bit more investment and time, but not outrageously so.
 
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