Diameter approx. 5 mm. The flower is of an Aviona specie originating from Southern Africa and locally known as ‘Goose Manure’
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.
Also named ‘Red Carrot” after its roots which serve as one of the main ingredients in medicins prescribed by traditional healers in Southern Africa. Some years ago a previous minister of health of South Africa launched this plant as THE cure for HIV-AIDS during a conference in Canada and we all had a good laugh. However the pharmaceutical industry is experimenting with this plant for blood purifying purposes. Rasta people in South Africa daily drink tea of dried and granulated roots…
We keep it in our garden for decorative purposes as you can see.