Seaman palmyra tree is a unique tree one can only see in Batticaloa.
Unlike the normal palmyra trees (Borassus flabellfer), the Seaman palmyra (Borassus sp.) has branches which are considered to be the special feature of this variety of tree. These trees can be found along Chapel Road near the Methodist Church and the Methodist Central College, Kanthi Park, Lady Manning Drive and a few other places come under Batticaloa Municipal Council area.
People believe that this species was brought to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese. It is said that this tree provided fodder to horses. Although it is an introduced plant, the Seaman palmyra is declared as a conserved species in the Batticaloa town and protected by the Municipal Council.