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Great Botanical Gardens of the World

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Courtesy of Seychelles Botanical Gardens

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
Mahé, Seychelles

Lay of the Land: From the moment you pass through immigration in the Seychelles, you sense you're someplace that doesn't take botany lightly. The coco de mer—the national tree, emblematized by its seed—is stamped in your passport, on your currency, and more or less everywhere else. So when you spot this rare, towering palm in the 15-acre, 107-year-old National Botanical Gardens, you feel like you've run into a celebrity. The members of its entourage: cabbage palms, walking palms, and Latanier Hauban palms (bearer of eight-foot leaves), and an endless assortment of tropical flowers. But however impressive the plants, they're rivaled by their backdrop: a range of jungle-smothered mountains.

Don't Miss: The local fauna. The overhead variety—particularly the Seychelles sunbird, the Seychelles kestrel, and the flying fox (a bat, actually)—warrants the patient scanning of treetops.

More Info: Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.

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