Richard Boyle’s article on “Colonial Kalutara” (Sunday Times, August 22) mentions the book “Ceylon and its Capabilities” (1843) by J. W. Bennett. Bennett talks about an “extremely rare double coconut tree, the heads of which branch off about 60 feet from the ground, like the letter Y, that is considered by the superstitious natives as an omen of great good fortune to the family to whom it may belong.”
In an earlier issue of the Sunday Times, there was a letter to the editor about a similar tree, but with four branches.
I am interested in learning more about such unique palm trees.
I would be grateful if readers with such information would contact me (telephone 2872991).
Wing Commander Ranjith