According to the IUCN – World Conservation Union’s Cycad Specialist Group, cycads represent one of the most threatened plant groups in the world. More than half of the currently accepted 375 species are threatened or endangered. The Cycad Society (TCS) is dedicated to the conservation of cycads through the promotion of education and scientific research. Each year, TCS strives to award at least one grant to support conservation, research and/or education. Click here for information on TCS’s grant program.

TCS was started in 1977, and many of the charter members are still with the society. In 1999, the board of directors met during the 5th International Conference on Cycad Biology (CYCAD 99) in an attempt to reinvigorate the society. Ever since 1999, the board has actively strived to improve the society and increase member benefits. Two of the most important benefits of TCS membership are the Cycad Newsletter and the Cycad Society Seedbank.

Members are encouraged to become involved in the society, and a good place to start is by contributing to the Cycad Newsletter. If you have any landscape photos, questions, or tips/tools to contribute, please send them to . We will make every effort to get your material put into an issue of the newsletter.

Encephalartos cycadifolius