Cycad Leaf

Cycads date back a few hundred million years and survived the Dino- and other Saurussen. In Southern Africa alone there are 65 species; in our garden we have seven (all with an official permit) of which two species are threatened with extinction. There is a lively ‘trade’ in cycads; i.e. poaching in nature and exporting them as ferns or palms (what do customs know?). Seemingly economics are prioritised above nature by government officials and that is sad. Anyway yesterday I pictured a leaf of one of those pre-historic plants.

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Good morning from under the Bread Tree leafs

‘Bread Trees’ or cycads belong to the oldest known plant species in this world. They survived the Age of the Dino- and other Saurusses and they are still amongst us. In South Africa the indigenous cycads are protected plants and, by law, possession ┬áis only allowed with an official permit. But who cares? While many are complaining about Rhino poachers (and with good right!) South African cycads are poached with hundreds and exported as ‘ferns’ of ‘palms’ (What do South African customs and their colleagues abroad know about the difference?).

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