S. H. M. Jameel, retired Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural and Religious Affairs, has sent us pictures of two rare coconut trees that once grew on the premises of the Teacher Training College at Addalichenai.
One tree had two branches and the other four. The trees stood close to each other.
Schoolchildren would come to see these rare botanical curiosities. Unfortunately, the cyclone of 1978 had a bad effect on the trees, which withered away shortly after.
Mr. Jameel, who grew up on the East Coast, says there was another coconut tree with two branches in Maligaikadu, Sainthamaruthu which bore an unusually large number of nuts.
This tree too was felled on the night of the cyclone.