Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s cycad collection includes representations of many of the world’s 315 species and is one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections with more than 700 accessioned plants. All cycads are considered to be threatened with extinction.
Rare and endangered species collections include about 4,000 plants of about 100 endangered, threatened or rare species from South Florida and the Puerto Rican archipelago, 15 of which are federally listed as endangered. The collection serves as an important safeguard against extinction and a resource for research, education and natural areas management.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an affiliate of the Center for Plant Conservation, a national organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of endangered U.S. species. In addition to conserving existing collections of endangered plants, the garden is active in propagating those plants, reintroducing seedlings into the wild and monitoring their long-term success.
Fairchild holds a NAPCC collection of Palms and Cycads. The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta within the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and to promote high standards of plant collections management.