Alexandria Cycad or Dune Cycad (Encephalartos arenarius).

Remember our Cycads this Endangered Species Day

Worthy re-post on Endangered Species Day.  Enjoy!

The Eastern Cape is home to a number of iconic endangered species, notably our rhino population. But it is not only our rhino that are being poached to the point of extinction!

On the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – and also actively targeted by poachers – is the Alexandria Cycad or Dune Cycad (Encephalartos arenarius). It is unique to only a small area of the Eastern Cape in South Africa – from Nanaga in the west to Canon Rocks in the east – and grows mainly near the town of Alexandria.

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