Virtual Museum of Canada
Jardin botanique de Montréal 
Centre for Forest Research

Transcription of video clip Going with the flow

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Hydrochorous coconuts

Photo of a coconut palm on a beach

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Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)

Coconuts are tough and they float.

Tossed by waves, they can drift a long way.

Photo of a coconut pushed on a shore by waves

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Germinated coconut

With a bit of luck, they will germinate on a new beach.

Coconuts hold the world distance record for water dispersion.
Some have travelled 3,000 km, as far as from Quebec City to Miami!

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