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Pollinating a rare Cycad: First phase, collecting the pollen from the male

Male cone of Cycas multifrondis Canarius | Sunday July 22nd, 2018 |

A male cone is ready!

We grow different species of cycads as mother plants in order to obtain seeds for propagation. Here we show the mountain form of Cycas diannanensis. In february 2018, as our plants are about 8 years old, the first specimen achieved maturity and it is a male. Once the tall cone is fully exposed and developed it starts to shed yellow pollen.

Here in Tenerife, February is cool and wet. No females are ready, but one of the adjoining plants is now showing the tip of a female cone, which is much shorter and wider. It will be ready later, probably in mid-summer when the hot weather will make it grow faster.

So we collect the pollen from the male Cycas diannanensis ‘Mountain Form’ and store it for a later use. The pollen is put in a paper envelope and gently dried. It has to be refrigerated in order to last for months. Once the female cone will be ready we will try to inject the pollen inside to make the pollination happen. Our goal is to produce seeds and seedlings for our website www.canarius.com

Pollinating a rare cycad:

What is Cycas diannanensis ‘Mountain Form’ ?

rare male Cycad

Cold-hardy cycad from high elevation, with broad leaflets. Leaf margins are flat or undulate, not twisted on the rachis. It is a widespread species in China, distributed through central and eastern Yunnan, often found on steep slopes high on ridges, between about 600 and 1800 m. This species was described in the 1990′s. Leaves are bright green or deep green, highly glossy, 140-330 cm long. Cycas diannanensis is another frost hardy species.

This particular form of Cycas diannanensis was formerly named by Chinese botanists Cycas parvulus, known from the material collected around Mengdian village.


A shop for Cycas and Cycad plants in Europe. Some good reasons to choose Canarius.

Cycas sp silver leaf Canarius | Friday January 7th, 2011 |
  1. Cycas sp silver leafWe offer the largest selection in Europe of the genus Cycas. Even more species will be added in the next months and years. You can buy them in the Cycad Shop, at www.canarius.com.
  2. All our plants are at least 2,5 years old. We ship no seeds, no two-leaf seedlings, no bare-root plants. Our cycads are solidly rooted in the pot. Many of them have coralloid roots: a good sign of health and age.
  3. We sprout our seeds. We do not import and re-sell cycads. Our plants have no stress from a past importation from a remote county with a different climate. They are ethically correct and suppose no environmental damage.
  4. We use no greenhouse, except for seed sprouting. Our cycads are robust plants grown outdoors, with mere summer shading. They have shorter, stiffer leaves with better caudexes.
  5. We are not in a tropical climate. The Canary Islands have a mediterranean climate with a bit warmer temperatures. Plants will stop in winter. They grow in the right way thanks to this rest.
  6. Our plants are all LEGAL. All species are protected by CITES regulations. All our plants have been started from seeds with official papers. If you are not in the European Union, we will prepare a special CITES Export Document when we ship these plants.
  7. We ship to anywhere in the world. We ship our plants worldwide, with all the necessary documents: CLICK HERE, and read about our worldwide shipping.

How is the exact look of the plants we offer?

Click HERE and you will see pictures of many of our plants just before packing.

How do we wrap and pack the plants?

See some pictures of our packing system.

Read more and see HOW WE PACK and WHAT WE PACK.

Dioon Holmgreenii

Dioon holmgreenii

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Cycas tansachana seedlings grow a thick base

Canarius | Tuesday October 12th, 2010 |

Cycas tansachana is one of the largest cycads, native to limestone mountains in Thailand, about 100 Km North of Bangkok. It has a clean yellowish trunk and large leaves with long stiff leaflets. It can reach up to 7 m, with many branches and large base up to 1 m wide. It is attractive as a young plant because of the swollen base.  Cycas tansachana is suited to pot colture.

Thick stems in  young Cycas tansachana

Thick stems in young Cycas tansachana

This picture shows a picture of Cycas tansachana taken in March 2010. These are two year old plants, growing in the nursery for www.canarius.com. They are already showing an large, thick base.

You can buy plants of this species and many more in our Cycad Shop at Canarius.

Time Lapse Video of Cycas debaoensis, a bipinnate cycad from China.

Canarius | Wednesday September 8th, 2010 |

This video shows one of the most beautiful leaves of the world unfolding gracefully. A tiny shoot grows into a very complex leaf.

Cycas debaoensis is one of the many species of cycas from China that have bipinnate leaves. The cycad shop at www.canarius.com has the best selection in Europe of bipinnate cycads.

Some bipinnate cycads, with leaves similar to the ones shown above.

  • Cycas bifida
  • Cycas debaoensis
  • Cycas longipetiolula
  • Cycas multifrondis
  • Cycas multipinnata

Visit our shop and buy plants in pots, up to five years old.