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Cycad Day 2011

The Cycad Society (TCS) has only one board meeting each year, and it is always scheduled in a different part of the country (or occasionally a different country). This year's board meeting was held on Friday, June 24, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) in Coral Gables, FL. Associated with each board meeting, TCS also hosts a special "Cycad Day" event on the Saturday following the board meeting. Cycad Day 2011 was held on Saturday, June 25, also at FTBG.

Open to TCS members and non-members alike, this year's event had a little bit of everything, for both the serious collector as well as the beginning hobbyist. Click here to download a printable version (PDF) of the schedule.

Online Presentation

Click here to view the presentation given by Jody Haynes entitled “Taxonomical, Nomenclatural & Biogeographical Revelations in the Zamia skinneri Species Complex in Panama.”

Membership, Auction & Raffle

This year's auction included rare and one-of-a-kind cycad plants, seeds, books, artwork, color back issues of the Cycad Newsletter, and even a 140-million-year-old cycad fossil. Click here for a complete list of the items that we offered up for auction. In addition, a bonus for Cycad Day attendees was the raffle of a Microcycas calocoma seedling. We have left the item descriptions below so that visitors to this page can view the artwork and fossil that were auctioned.

Artwork

Two wonderful pieces by the world-renowned cycad artist and author, Douglas Goode, were up for auction. In addition, a high-resolution print of Zamia lindenii males cones was also auctioned off. Descriptions of each piece are provided below. (Click the underlined links to view the pieces.)

Miscellaneous

A one-of-a-kind cycad fossil (section of trunk), measuring approximately 5" x 2-1/2" and 1/2" thick. It wa from Cerro Cuadrado, Santa Cruz Province, Patagonia, Argentina. It is approximately 140 million yeas old and is late Jurassic or early Cretaceous in origin. Click the links below to see the two sides of the fossil:

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This page was updated on Sunday, 26 June 2011.