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ISSUE 120 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/22/2006

Rumor Has It: A $15,000 cycad plant in the greenhouse was damaged during the hailstorm

By Rumor Has It
News Editor

Friday, September 22, 2006

An expensive cycad plant did sustain damage during the hailstorm on Friday Aug. 25, but the plant’s estimated worth is a few hundred dollars – not $15,000 – according to Professor of Biology Charles Umbanhower.

The 30-year-old cycad suffered cosmetic damage only, and will be fixed when the new fronds grow in. The cycad plant is a type of gymnosperm, and it resembles a palm or tree fern.

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