Displaying a variety of heights, leaf and trunk types, seeds, and flowers, the palm familly Arecaceae is quite diverse. They are yet another plant that is extremely important to humans; palms are used for food (coconuts, dates, etc.), oil, sugar, wine, tagua (a form of vegetable ivory), ropes, mats, fuel, furniture, instruments, and more.
Widespread through the world, many palms have their seeds dispersed by the animals that feed on them, everything from cassowaries and African elephants to shrikes, black bears, and wild dogs. One type of palm has the distinction of producing the largest seeds in the Plant Kingdom: the coco-de-mer palm seeds from the island north of Madagascar are the size and shape of a human's posterior!