Furry and Prehistoric

Walking down the street a while ago I almost fell over my feet when I saw this cycad flower right there beside the footpath – iPhone to the rescue to capture this amazingly furry relic of the past.

A good 18 inches, maybe 2 feet across, this extraordinary prehistoric flower is full of surprises.

Furry flowers? Β Really, look:

Furry & Prehistoric DetailThis is a sort of Wordless Wednesday cum Yellow, for Ailsa’s Travel Theme post.

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  2. Wow, I’ve seen big cycads… in the NT, and our TA neighbor has one in her hard, but never seen the centre like this. Amazing… you’d quite expect to see a dinosaur ambling along πŸ™‚

    • Well yes, that’s what I thought! But I was devastated to learn just now that the modern cycad species are just that – nature’s recreation of a species that was wiped out with the dinosaurs – only to reappear about 10 million years ago 😦

  3. Stranger than fiction! πŸ™‚ I meant to ask you earlier if you were still maintaining this blog, Meredith, then I came upon it when I was looking for something else. Happenstance! (or happy stance πŸ™‚ )

    • Oh Jo – yes, I do plan to – it’s just that life (and a succession of internet fiascoes) has been interfering. Hopefully I’ll be up and posting regularly before the summer’s over! Thank you for keeping in touch πŸ™‚

    • Well, all my life I accepted that cycads are a relic of the Jurassic. Fossil records from all parts of the world indicated that cycads of all description were the dominant plant species at that time, earning the sobriquet “age of the cycad” to to hand in hand with the dinosaurs which ruled the animal kingdom. HOWEVER, I’ve just learned that in 2011 a botanist at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens published proof that the cycads we have now are new – 10 million years old only – and unrelated to those of the Jurassic. Now, this is very interesting – nature has recreated a model that was so successful. Shame. It appears climate change and people taking over habitat are killing them out faster than they can adapt … Aren’t they the most touchable looking flowers? πŸ™‚

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