The islands [the Laccadives and Maldives] are all planted with coconut palms, which closely resemble date palms but do not bear dates. Many scholars who have specialized in the growth of animals and the grafting of trees claim that the cocnut palm is nothing more than the palm called muql, which under the influence of the soil of India, where it was transplanted, was transformed into the coconut palm.

Mas’udi, The Meadows of Gold (915 AD)

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