Plant Cycad

Cycads are fern-like plants. Like other plant material preserved in the Fossil Forest, the cycad has been replaced with silica, making it incredibly hard.

We have retained the name ‘cycad’ here because it is so popular and commonly used but strictly speaking they belong to a group known as the ‘Bennettitales’, which are a parallel branch to the cycads. Cycads and Bennettitales belong to the Gymnosperms which also includes conifer trees and the Ginkgo tree, which is another ‘classic’ living fossil that can be found in parks and gardens across the UK today.

Find out more on the wood and plants page.

Common name

Plant Cycad

Scientific name

Bennettitales

Type

Wood & Plants


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

150 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

From the collection of Dr Marie Stopes who founded Portland Museum in 1930.

Museum

Portland Museum

Accession number

POLPM.C22