This page is dedicated to cycad-related educational articles, information, and activities produced or conducted by TCS.
Sample Newsletter Articles
Cycad Focus Articles
One of the consistent components of the Cycad Newsletter since the September 2002 issue (Vol. 25, No. 3) has been the "Cycad Focus" column, in which a different species of cycad is highlighted in each issue. These columns typically feature taxonomical, horticultural, phenological, and other information on the respective 'target' species. The concept of targeting individual species in detail actually began long before 2002, however, and was first announced in the May 1981 issue (Vol. 4, No. 2). Originally called "Portrait of a Species," the first species to be targeted was Bowenia serrulata in the March 1982 issue (Vol. 5, No. 1). TCS will be making these in-depth "Portrait of a Species" and "Cycad Focus" articles available here on our website in an effort to provide quality educational information on cycads to a broader audience.
Below are the "Cycad Focus" articles that are available online in alphabetical order:
Click here to visit the Cycad Newsletter page for more information and to see the complete list of species addressed to date.
Other Educational Efforts
University Science Curriculum
In 2008, TCS contributed a photo to the new "Science 4 Curriculum" developed by Bob Jones University. Click here to view the page containing the photo. (2.5 Mb)
Cycad Book Donations
Also in 2008, TCS donated copies of Loran Whitelock's The Cycads to the following libraries and institutions. The criteria used to decide where to donate the books were simple: (1) is regularly visited by students and/or professionals interested in cycads, (2) does not already have a copy, and (3) expressed an interest in obtaining a copy.
Glossary of Cycad Terms
In 2009, TCS developed an expanded glossary of more than 1,200 cycad terms (using the Glossary of Terms Encountered in Cycad Systematics provided in Walters & Osborne  as a foundation) as well as a fully illustrated glossary of more than 500 of these terms using cycad-specific examples. Click here for more information.
Etymological Compendium of Cycad Names
Also in 2009, TCS compiled a list of the etymologies (= meanings) of all
currently accepted cycad names. Click here to view this etymological compendium.
Additional Educational Resources
World List of Cycads
Taxonomic Key Posters
Vernacular (Common) Names
Plants in Habitat
Original Species Descriptions
Click here to see our database of original cycad species descriptions.
IUCN Red List
All throughout 2010, the IUCN Red List website featured a different threatened or endangered "Species of the Day". Below are the cycads that were highlighted:
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This page was updated on Saturday, 15 December 2012.