1.000 Cycas L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Tree- or shrub-like, evergreen, mostly palm-like; trunk columnar, sometimes dichotomously branched at apex, rarely ovoid-bulbous and subterranean, clothed with bases of fallen fronds; bark often thickened and roughened. Cataphylls prominent, alternate with leaves, hairy, apex often rigid and pungent. Fronds apical 1(-3)-pinnately compound, spirally arranged; usually armed, base swollen and hairy; leaflets numerous, alternate to sub-opposite, sometimes dichotomously branched, margins usually entire. Pollen cones apical, cylindric or fusiform. Megasporophylls several to numerous, somewhat leaf-like, alternating with flushes of leaves. Seeds drupe-like, somewhat compressed, seed-coat 3-layered.

Worldwide: 100 species in East Africa and Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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revoluta Thunb.
thouarsii Gaudich.Image

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Flora of Mozambique: Cycas

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cycas
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cycas
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cycas
Wikipedia: Cycas
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cycas
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cycas

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cycas.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2145, retrieved 14 August 2022

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