How do I identify my cycad?

How do I identify my cycad?

Stems have spirals of relatively smooth diamond-shaped leaf scars. Cycads produce cones. If they have the above characters and a cone, the plant is a cycad.

What is the rarest cycad?

Encephalartos woodii, Wood’s cycad, is a rare cycad in the genus Encephalartos, and is endemic to the oNgoye Forest of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is one of the rarest plants in the world, being extinct in the wild with all specimens being clones of the type.

How many species of cycad are there in South Africa?

38 cycad species
South Africa has 38 cycad species (one species of Stangeria and 37 species of Encephalartos).

How many different types of cycads are there?

Cycads/Lower classifications

Cycads (order Cycadales) are an ancient group of palmlike gymnosperms with about 300 extant species across three families.

What is the difference between Cycas and cycad?

The earliest fossils of the genus Cycas appear in the Cenozoic although Cycas-like fossils that may belong to Cycadaceae extend well into the Mesozoic. Cycas is not closely related to other genera of cycads, and phylogenetic studies have shown that Cycadaceae is the sister-group to all other extant cycads.

Are Encephalartos Woodii extinct?

Extinct in the Wild
Encephalartos woodii/Conservation status
Encephalartos woodii can be seen growing in the Temperate House at Kew, where it regularly produces new flushes of leaves. Originally found on a steep south-facing slope. Classified as Extinct in the Wild (EW) on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES. Not known.

Why is cycad expensive?

Because of their rarity and attractiveness as garden elements, cycads have great commercial value, particularly for “bragging rights”.

Do I need a license for a cycad?

All cycads are protected and require a permit. Various permits are needed for any activity that relates to cycads such as possession, transport, growing, buying or selling.

Is it legal to sell cycads in South Africa?

(South Africa has been a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1975. Cycads are listed in Appendix I meaning that commercial trade is not allowed, however artificially propagated specimens are exempt from this ban.)

How do you grow Encephalartos?

The soil needs to be kept moist but not saturated. In the summer months, your indoor cycad will need to be watered twice a week as opposed to the winter months when the plant will need little water. Keep this plant away from any direct heat sources and place it in a location where there is natural light.

Is Cycas a non Archegoniate?

Cycas is an archegoniate plant, in which female gametophyte contains archegonia. The archegonia are formed from the gametophytic cells lining the archegonial chamber. The number of archegonia formed in a gametophyte is variable among species.

What are the different types of Encephalartos?

ENCEPHALARTOSSPECIES: CLICK ANY SPECIES BELOW TO READ TWO LISTS TO VIEW BELOW – SAME CYCAD SPECIES: 1. SPECIES ONLY (first list below, no photos) 2. SPECIES WITH SMALL PHOTO (second list below) ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos aplanatus

What are the different types of cycads in South Africa?

South African Cycads 1 S. eriopus (Stanger’s Cycad) Encephalartos 2 E. aemulans (Ngotshe Cycad) 3 E. altensteinii (Eastern Cape Giant Cycad) 4 E. arenarius

What is the International Trade status of Encephalartos?

On an INTERNATIONAL level all species and hybrids ofEncephalartosare on Appendix I of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Can you buy cycads by mail order?

The sizes from bands up to 15g can be easily mail ordered. Larger plants can be delivered by truck. Pricing: Encephalartos trispinosus is a rare South African species. Blue cycads tend to be more expensive than green varieties, but this species is somewhat affordable.

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