Kaani tree in Maroshi

The Kaani tree in Maroshi, Maldives
The Kaani tree in Maroshi / Maroshi Online, Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0

WorldBlue  In short

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

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GPS coordinates
6.2096 N 73.0589 E (mistake up to 500 m)
Location, address
Asia, Maldives, Shaviyani Atoll, Maroshi island
Kaani or kanni (Cordia subcordata Lam.)

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The Sawn branches of the Kaani tree, 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 an enormous tree.

Today the kaani tree of Maroshi is unusually enormous for its species. The 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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