n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Cycads - not immune to poaching

Volume 109, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Cycads are one of the most threatened plant groups in South Africa. Cycads are often referred to as prehistoric plants which were dominant plant species during the Jurassic age, which means that these magnificent plants have been surviving for some 250 million years. During that period, they were a prominent component of the earth's vegetation and a very important part of most herbivores' diets. But these days, they face extinction due to threats such as the illegal cycad trade; the use of plants in the muti trade, habitat destruction and the problem with plant diseases such as mites and fungal infections.

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