have been known as symbols of immortality in many cultures
where they are endemic. There very long life
spans range from
hundreds to thousands of years in habitat. They are one of the
longest living plants in the natural world. In fact cycads are
the oldest living seed bearing plants in the world. Dating back
over 230 million years virtually unchanged for some 90 million
years. Thus the name “Living Fossils” has been used
to describe these ancient relicts of a bygone era, when dinosaurs
were the main seed distributors. Cycads were the dominant plant
in the Triassic period in the earth’s early history.
flowering plants got there hold on the planet and dinosaurs
became extinct cycads retreated to a few isolated
the tropical and sub-tropical world where they just survived
in little niches. It was not until the late 1800’s and
early 1900’s that cycads became noticed and a few rich
plant fanciers began searching the globe for these ancient relicts.
The oldest living potted plant in the world is in Kew gardens
in London. Collected in the late 1700’s from South Africa,
it is a cycad called Encephalartos altenstienii. Many of the
oldest bonsai’s in Japan are the Japanese Cycas revoluta,
so the tenacity for life is unquestioned when it comes to cycads.
of the cycad species in the world are so rare that they are considered
endangered so collecting from the wild is illegal. Propigation in
nurseries such as mine has saved many of these from exstinction since I
have been able to help with a resource of material that has helped
lower prices and made illegal poaching not worth the effort it once
was. I am proud of my role in saving these plants. I have been part of
many expeditions to exotic localities and plan on sharing with you my
adventures discovering new species and helping countries find ways to
protect there endemic cycads from poaching and habitat destruction.
are few plants in this world that can come close to
the beauty of a fully established cycad. These
plants will effect you in such a positive way that
many of my clients comment on the relaxation they feel
from being around these plants and watching them grow.
There are many that take there cycads with them if
they move because of the affection they have for these
wonderful pieces of art. Cycads can be an investment
but appreciate with time. Our cycads have a range of
prices from as low as $5 for seedlings to $1000’s
for the large rare beauties I have nurtured for so
long. So no matter who you are or what your budget
we have a cycad that will make you proud to own and
a conversation piece that will last for generations.