Desert Dome

Cycad Cone

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The Desert Dome is home to this Tongaland Cycad, a distant cousin of a pine tree, it only produces the bright red cone every few years. Cycads are a group of cone-bearing plants that are the oldest seed plants in the world.  Cycads do not produce true flowers or fruit, just one or more large seed cones.

The Tongaland Cycad (E. ferox) gets its name from the Latin word ferocious, likely from the spine-tipped lobes on the leaves of the plant. It is found naturally on the south-eastern coast of Africa.

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