While visiting the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum in downtown St. Pete on May 6, 2017, I gently pushed my way into the middle of a very spiny Voi Cycad to snap some shots of developing fruiting parts and leaves. This east African species is endangered, after having much of its native habitat destroyed and plants having being dug for sale to nurseries in Africa. It is currently down to just four populations in the wild. These days, the threats continue to spread and wipe it out, so it will most likely be declared "critically endangered" in upcoming years. Many seeds have been distributed worldwide, and mature plants across the globe are reportedly doing well. Quite a striking beauty.
PHOTOS: Photo: Morning stroll around the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum in downtown St. Pete, Florida, June 6, 2017. in downtown St. Pete, Florida, June 6, 2017.
NATIVE TO: Eastern Africa.
CONSERVATION: "Known only from four locations, is severely fragmented, there is continuing decline due to collectors and habitat destruction." - IUCN.