Cycads /ˈsaɪkædz/ are seed plants with a long fossil history that were formerly more abundant and more diverse than they are today. They typically have a stout and woody (ligneous) trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves. They usually have pinnate leaves. The individual plants are either all male or all female (dioecious). Cycads vary in size from having trunks only a few centimeters to several meters tall. They typically grow very slowly and live very long, with some specimens known to be as much as 1,000 years old. Because of their superficial resemblance, they are sometimes mistaken for palms or ferns, but are only distantly related to either.
The living cycads are found across much of the subtropical and tropical parts of the world. Some can survive in harsh desert or semi-desert climates (xerophytic),others in wet rain forest conditions, and some in both.Some can grow in sand or even on rock, some in oxygen-poor, swampy, bog-like soils rich in organic material, some are able to grow in full sun, some in full shade, and some in both.
The three extant families of cycads are Cycadaceae, Stangeriaceae, and Zamiaceae.
Cycads have a rosette of pinnate leaves around cylindrical trunk
Cycads have a cylindrical trunk which usually does not branch. Leaves grow directly from the trunk, and typically fall when older, leaving a crown of leaves at the top. The leaves grow in a rosette form, with new foliage emerging from the top and center of the crown. The trunk may be buried, so the leaves appear to be emerging from the ground, so the plant appears or and little can be deduced about the effects of each mass extinction event on their diversity.
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