Chigua restrepoi

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Figure 1. Leaf of C. restrepoi.


Distribution & Habitat:

Lowland Columbian rainforest.


A small cycad with a subterranean trunk, and leaves to about 2m long.


Chiguas come from an area where people love to burn to put in their cows and this is why they are basically extinct. The area is also notorious for terrorist activity so its far too dangerous for westerners to go in there. Hence these plants are extraordinarily rare.


Warm, sheltered and moist (in the extraordinary occurrence of ever getting one :).

Figure 2. C. restrepoi
Figure 3. C. restrepoi female cone

Contributed by:

Alvaro Calonje (Figure 1)
Francois Dometsch (Figure 2&3)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, JSTOR, Trebrown

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