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Originally described from a cultivated plant in Szechuan and once thought to be extinct in the wild, this Cycas was rediscovered in habitat as recently as 1999 in the Nanpan river valley in eastern Fujian, China, where it survives in the undergrowth of woodlands between 400 and 1300 m (1300 and 4300 ft.) in a climate that is hot and humid in summer and cool and dry in winter. Unfortunately it is severely threatened by human interference in its habitat. Botanically it is closest to C. taiwaniana and can form a robust trunk to 3 m (10 ft.) or perhaps taller, topped by an impressive crown of long, dark, glossy green leaves. The seeds are rather small. In cultivation it adapts easily to most warm temperate climates and can take considerable freezes with ease.