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Sago palms, also known as cycads, cardboard palms, fern palms and coontie plants, hail from tropical and subtropical areas but have become popular ornamental plants in the United States in the past 10 to 20 years.
The Olson-Binder garden in Poway features cycads, rare ferns and orchids.
But of South Africa’s 38 cycad species, 25 are threatened with extinction.
For extreme collectors, rarity only makes a cycad more desirable.
Imagine a landscape where redwood-like metasequoias towered over the hills; slim alder-like trees, ginkgos and vines dwelled at the forest margins; and lush ferns, cycads and horsetails packed the swamps.
Planted with an assortment of exotic palms, tropical cycads, bromiliads with stiff spiny leaves and dozens of succulents, the garden sits on a half-acre of terraced grounds with the Bluebird Canyon stream running through its center.
White cycad scale is one of these that seems to sneak into the plantings to quickly cover trunks, leaves and inflorescence of the sagos to cause their decline.
A cycad, sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is not actually related to palms.
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A cycad is a tropical palmlike evergreen plant. Cycads flourished especially during the Jurassic and are represented by four surviving families. Cycads have crowns of large, feathery compound leaves and cones at the ends of their branches. Some have tall, unbranched trunks; others have partially buried stems with swollen trunks. Slow-growing cycads are used as ornamental conservatory plants, but some survive outdoors in temperate regions. The stems of some cycads yield starch that is edible if thoroughly cooked. The young leaves and seeds of others also are edible.
Origin and Etymology of cycad
First Known Use: 1845See Words from the same year
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