Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Cycad Next Door

In my middle school science class, we are covering plants. When looking at the different kind of gymnosperms, cycads are one of the ancient groups. Fossil records show these plants have been around for nearly 300 million years!

To be honest, growing up in New Mexico, I'd never seen a cycad, only in pictures. The textbook has a picture of a cycad tree, and it looked very familiar. Last week, when I am walking from school, back to my apartment, there is a cycad! I took several pictures to add in my PowerPoint presentation for the next day.
Here's some new growth in the middle taken last Thursday on 02/18/10

Today, Wednesday (02/24/10) as I walked by it, I decided I look at it again and the new growth in the middle has grown at least 30 cm in about 6 days! Amazing!

1 comment:

mark scotch said...

that last one is kinda neat.....