Microcycas in nature
Microcycas grows in isolated groups in Pinar del Río Province in western Cuba in Viñales Valley and it´s surroundings. The plants grow most typically on steep cliffs in hard to access areas.
A group of old plants on the top of a mogote
Most typical are groups of small number of plants of a different age, but some plants grow quite isolated from the rest of population.
Total number of plants growing in the nature is usually estimated as remaining 600 -1000 individuals and the whole area with separate microcycas populations is less than 10 km².
The seedlings and young plants grow regularly in half-shadow, large individuals thrive with crowns in full sun.
Seedlings in nature
Declining female cone
Cuban boa female poses readily for a delayed shutter release in front of a small microcycas, before disappearing in a dense undergrowth again.
The plant has several branches, some of which begin to cone simultaneously.