Arcadia in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
— 200 Million Years Ago —
Once common across the globe, cycads are now threatened or endangered in the wild. Explore our diverse collection and learn about these impressive plants.
Age of Cycads
The Jurassic Period is famous for its fantastically large dinosaurs, but did you know that botanists refer to it as the Age of Cycads?
Cycads are primitive cone-bearing plants. Separate male and female plants each produce their own unique reproductive cone. As you explore the collection see if you can spot any cones, some can be large and colorful.
Ancestors of these ancient plants existed approximately 280 million years ago. During the Jurassic Period (201-145 million years ago) they were especially abundant, covering about 20% of the land worldwide. Along with conifers and ginkgoes, cycads dominated these primitive forests.
Cycads are threatened or endangered in the wild. Collections at public gardens can help educate the public and preserve these remarkable plants.
Often found in multiples, male cones produce pollen.
Not Related to Palms
Although cycads may look like palms, they are more closely related to conifers and ginkgoes.
Today's cycads are limited to subtropical and tropical regions of the world as shown on this map.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Natural Features • Paleontology.
Location. 34° 8.528′ N, 118° 3.188′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Baldwin Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Colorado Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Located in the Los Angeles County Arboretum, open daily 9-5. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia CA 91007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hollywood at the Arboretum (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin Lake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Queen Anne Cottage (about 400 feet away); Reid-Baldwin Adobe (about 500 feet away); American Indian Artifact (about 600 feet away); Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Anita DepotSanta Anita During World War II (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcadia.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.