British botanists are celebrating the remarkable resurrection of a primitive tree that ruled Earth’s plant kingdom eons ago. For the first time in 60 million years, ‘Cycas revoluta’ cones are growing outdoors.
The species, native to Japan and believed to be pollinated by beetles, was widespread all over Earth during the Jurassic period, when the planet’s climate had naturally high levels of carbon dioxide. The species has changed remarkably little over the interim, hence them being dubbed ‘living fossils’.
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💥 Exciting news 💥 One of our Cycads has produced a male cone 🌿 These plants have been around since dinosaurs lived here and only two have coned in the UK out of doors, the first one was in the garden in 2012 and the second one again in the garden right now! Come and see this extraordinary plant for yourself, located in the palm garden 🌴 To read more about this visit our website news page at https://www.botanic.co.uk/news/cycad-flowers-at-vbg/ 🌱 (RT)