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Re: South African Cycads

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon May 14, 2012 7:22 am

Thank you for starting this thread :thumbs_up: There needs to be a lot more education.

I think that when peope sometimes buy Cycads, even from legal sources, they do not know the long term implications, particularly if they are rare and vulnerable.

One of the saddest house hunting experiences I had was a seeing garden with dead and dying Cycads. The owners who had bought were not aware of the needs of the plants. Lots of money, not much common sense. :(
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Re: South African Cycads

Unread postby yoda » Wed May 16, 2012 4:34 pm

I have found that Cycads aren't as slow growing as a lot of people make out.
If you plant them in a decent soil, and give them plenty of water during their growing season, they do get going quite quickly.

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Re: South African Cycads

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun May 20, 2012 9:59 pm

True Yoda, in the right conditions cycads can flourish. Thing is they take about 15 years to become reproductive and people want a big reproductive plant now and so cycads are poached.

I quote Michele Pfab of the South African National Biodiversity Institute

Cycads are the most threatened organism on the planet and the crisis is "happening before our eyes"
"Imagine telling people there were only four rhino left in the wild. Well, there is a species of cycad like that," she said.
Pfab said three species of the 38 cycads found only in South Africa have gone extinct in the past two decades and 12 species are critically endangered.

Fully grown rare cycads can sell for up to R500000. One can legally buy cycad seedlings, which range from R100 to R3000 a centimetre. After 10 years of growth, a 1m plant could be worth from R10000 to R300000.

Cycads take 15 years to become reproductive and dealers and breeders don't want to buy a seedling legally and wait years for it to grow. "There are not enough big plants to go round for everybody, so they are worth a lot of money," said Pfab.


The species that are extinct in the wild are

E. Woodii
E. brevifoliolatus
E. relictus


E. relictus was found in Swaziland

E. woodii in the Ngoye forest in Kwazulu Natal

E. brevifoliolatus in the Blyde River region

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Re: South African Cycads

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon May 21, 2012 6:50 am

One does not buy a plant, one buys a heritage. What a legacy for the future. Sad that we live in a world of instant gratification.
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Re: South African Cycads

Unread postby vanderw » Tue May 22, 2012 6:27 am

Hi Meandering Mouse. You are so right..... But please try and explain that to my wife!! :naughty:


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