"I thought cycads were illegal."

 

South African Cycad
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSouth African Cycad - Credit: bato93

 

 

Cycads are a seed plant recognisable by their crown of green leaves and thick trunk. They are indigenous to the tropical and sub-tropical countries of the world, but are facing the threat of extinction. In South Africa over 31% of the species are classified as critically endangered and measures have been taken to try and clamp down on their illegal trade.