About Cycad ID Tool

The SANBI Cycad Identification Tool is a practical, easy-to-use identification guide that works as an elimination key. It was created to assist customs officials, law enforcement officers, border police and Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI’s) with the identification of South African Encephalartos species, thereby enabling better regulation and monitoring of the local and international trade in South African cycads.

This free mobile app is designed to lead you through a series of interactive steps, using photographs and easily observable features, to assist you with the quick identification of cycads.  The tool also includes fact sheets containing important information such as conservation status, identifying features, geographic location as well as similar-looking species.  Please note that the tool is not designed to aid in identification of cycad seedlings.

The SANBI Cycad ID Tool forms part of the SANBI Species Identification Tool which currently consists of 140 CITES-listed South African plant and animal species, their look-alike species as well as traded parts and derivatives.
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The SANBI Cycad Identification Tool and its precursor, The SANBI Species Identification Tool, were conceptualised by The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and TRAFFIC. 

Thank you to Rob Kunitz for sharing his technical expertise, vast experience and photographs and for his major contribution to the development of the SANBI Cycad ID Tool.

Other individuals we would like to acknowledge and thank for their contributions include: Stephen Cousins, Philip Rousseau, Hugh Glen, De Wet Bosenberg, David Sengani, Willem Froneman, Carin Swart and Karin van der Walt.

Thank you also to Brenda Daly and Rukaya Johaadien from SANBI and Matt Taylor and Damian Barnier from Identic Identification Tools and Software Development,  , for their technological know-how and help evolving this ID Tool.

Special thanks go to Michele Pfab for her enthusiasm and long-term support of the SANBI Species and Cycad ID Tool Project.