Getaway (South Africa)

Why are cycads so special?



Cycads are seed plants with a long fossil history. They existed before, during, and after dinosaurs roamed the Earth, making them approximat­ely 280 million years old. ‘These plants are adaptable, resilient and they have a tremendous will to survive,’ Steve points out. They are often mistaken for palms, as they also grow in tropical and subtropica­l climates, but they are more closely related to conifers.

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