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

p>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.

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

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

Kaani tree in Maroshi on the map (approximately)
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Location, GPS coordinates: 6.2096 N 73.0589 E (mistake up to 500 m)
Categories: Trees
Values: Biology, History
Rating: 2 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Asia, Maldives, Shaviyani Atoll, Maroshi island
Species: Kaani or kanni (Cordia subcordata Lam.)

Landmarks of Maldives

Some Maldive islands from above
Some Maldive islands from above / Sarah Ackerman, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Maldives are low-lying coral islands with some of the largest atolls in the world. In fact word "atoll" itself comes from Dhivehi – Maldivian language.


Arve Big Tree, Tasmania, Australia
Arve Big Tree, Tasmania, Australia / TTaylor, Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Category includes some of the most impressive and interesting separate trees of the the world. Total number of tree species in the world still is a wild guess – may be 10,000 and may be 100,000 but most likely somewhere in between. Every month there are reported new tree species from the whole world, including the Western Europe.

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