More Rare Cycads Stolen in South Florida

Over the Labor Day 2004 weekend, someone brazenly stole more than 30 rare cycads and a rare palm (listed below) while Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) was closed due to mandatory evacuations during the threat of Hurricane Frances. Any plants of the below species that are being offered for sale in the sizes described--particularly here in South Florida--may be suspect. FTBG is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the theft. Neither the plants nor the thieves were ever recovered or apprehended. For more information, click below:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
press release of September 9, 2004

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Species (Size)

# of plants
taken

Ceratozamia matudae (0.3 feet)
Dioon tomaselli
var. tomaselli (0.3 feet)
Dioon purpusii
(0.3 feet)
Dioon
sp. (0.3 feet)
Encephalartos cupidus
(2.0 feet)
Encephalartos dyerianus
(0.3 feet)
Encephalartos humilis
(1.5 feet)
Encephalartos longifolius
(0.5 feet)
Encephalartos middelburgensis
(2.0 feet)
Encephalartos ngoyanus
(0.3 feet)
Encephalartos princeps
(0.3 feet)
Encephalartos woodii
(offset; 0.5 feet)
Stangeria eriopus
(0.3 feet)
Zamia cunaria
(0.3 feet)
Zamia fairchildiana
(0.5 feet)
Zamia herrerae
(0.3 feet)
Zamia lindenii
(2.0 feet)
Zamia portoricensis
(0.3 feet)
Zamia roelii
(2.0-3.5 feet)
Zamia standleyi
(0.3 feet)

Syagrus camplyospatha
.......(clumping palm with pinnate leaves; 2.5 feet)

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Total # Plants Taken

32
   

Note: Plant sizes are approximate, measuring the height of the stem

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