cycad family

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Related to cycad family: Cycadaceae, Cycadophyta
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Noun1.cycad family - ancient palmlike plants closely related to ferns in that fertilization is by means of spermatozoids
gymnosperm family - a family of gymnosperms
Cycadales, order Cycadales - primitive tropical gymnosperms abundant in the Mesozoic, now reduced to a few scattered tropical forms
Cycas, genus Cycas - type genus of Cycadaceae: genus of widely distributed Old World evergreen tropical trees having pinnate leaves and columnar stems covered with persistent bases of old leaves
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The Zamiaceae is the largest cycad family, consisting of seven genera: four occur in the Americas (Ceratozamia, Dioon, Microcycas and Zamia), two in Australia (Lepidozamia and Macrozamia), and Encephalartos is endemic to Africa (Jones, 1993; Whitelock, 2002; Donaldson, 2003).
The Cycad family is a throwback to the dinosaur era and pre-date flowering plants.