Cycads213 - Cycadophyta - 1 Cycadophyta (The Cycads) There...

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Cycadophyta - 1 Cycadophyta (The Cycads) There are 9 genera and about 100 species of cycads, including Zamia , which is native to Florida, and a fairly common house plant, Cycas revoluta , the sago palm. Cycads are found in tropical and subtropical regions. They were much more abundant in past eras than today. There is some evidence that seeds require animal dispersal, and that the animals that fed on cycads are no longer around to eat and then disperse seeds. Cycad seeds are difficult to germinate. Cycads are increasingly declining in the "wild" and many are near extinction, both from habitat destruction and because of their slow growth and low reproductive success. Cycads have great value to some as ornamental plantings, so much so that a mature cycad can be sold for several thousand dollars to cycad collectors. That they are uncommon in our world today helps increase their value to collectors, but puts cycads at great risk for poaching from their native habitats, reducing their numbers even more. The safest place today for a cycad is in a botanical garden or
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