Cycas debaoensis

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Figure 1. C. debaoensis leaf detail.



The county of Debao in western Guangxi province, China.

Distribution & Habitat:

Evergreen and deciduous woodland on limestone slopes.


A small to medium sized cycad, with a subteranean caudex, and spectacular leaves, up to 3m long, glossy deep green, and dichotomously branched.


This species was only discovered in 1996, but is already under severe threat from both habitat clearance, and plant collectors.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Would tolerate (and probably prefer) calcerous soils. Probably also quite cold tolerant.

Figure 2. C. debaoensis in habitat.
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Figure 5. C. debaoensis in silhouette.
Figure 6. Cultivated plant.

Contributed by:

Terence Leung

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums