Another Cycas

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Another Cycas

Postby tropicbreeze on Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:42 am

This cycad was on my place when I bought it. The previous owner used to go to South East Asia a lot and I'm guessing he got it from there. It's definitely not one of our local native ones.
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Early in the dry season it starts to develop this large ball of cataphylls on the caudex. The old leaves still look healthy and green while this is happening.
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Later on the old leaves dry off and when they're gone new leaves develop but only from the top of this "ball". This gives the caudex a series of annual constrictions. In this photo you can see the gap between the old and the new leaves, something you don't see in our natives. Also, the caudex is covered in hard sharp spines, another thing that our locals don't have.
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Re: Another Cycas

Postby tropicbreeze on Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:48 am

The petioles only have a few spines.
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Leaflet detail
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Leaflet and rachis detail
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Re: Another Cycas

Postby tropicbreeze on Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:55 am

Tips of leaflets detail.
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Petiole below leaflets detail
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This year was the first it's produced fruit, so obviously a female. But unless it's hybridised with C. armstrongii the seed's probably sterile as there's no others like it around. So, other than a Cycas, I have no idea what this species is. Any one out there got any ideas? Thanks.
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Re: Another Cycas

Postby Louis on Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:18 pm

Wow Zig! What a plant!!! :o It's uniformity is absolutely breathtaking, which makes me want to lean towards Dioon, but once again I have not had much experience with either genera. Would love to know what the experts think of this one!!
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