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Kaani tree in Maroshi

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 6.2096 N 73.0589 E (mistake up to 500 m)
No:397        (list of all attractions)
Values:Biology, History
Address:Asia, Maldives, Shaviyani Atoll, Maroshi island
Species:Kaani or kanni (Cordia subcordata Lam.)
The Kaani tree in Maroshi, Maldives
The Kaani tree in Maroshi / Maroshi Online, Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0

This kaani (kanni, kauni or sea trumpet tree) tree might be the largest and oldest representative of its species in Maldives.

This is legendary tree, a witness of the fights of the liberator of Maldives, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. During his fight with the Portuguese (the late 16th century) Thakurufaanu often visited Maroshi island in order to repair the sail of his fast ship Kalhuoffunmi (Kalhuoh Fummi).

Sawn branches of the Kaani tree in Maroshi, Maldives
The Sawn branches of the Kaani tree / a_robustus, Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0

Local master of sails - Raaveribe - hoisted two poles of kaani tree in the ground to attach the sail and with some food left it secretly for freedom fighters. Miraculously a tree grew from one of these poles and over 400 years it has turned into enormous tree.

Today the kaani tree of Maroshi is unusually enormous for its species. Tree is low, its trunk divides near the ground level. Some branches of this tree have been cut off with saws.

Tree is flowering with beautiful orange, trumpet-formed flowers. These trees have many uses - fruits are edible, wood is easily worked and durable.


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