Wood’s cycad is one of the most magnificent and rare plants of this family of ancient plants. It has been extinct in the wild for nearly a century. Only one four-stemmed male plant was ever found. It was first collected by John Medley Wood, director of the Natal Government Herbarium and leading Natal botanist. He was on a botanical expedition in Zululand in 1895, and found it when exploring Ngoye Forest (now spelt Ongoye).