Encephalartos altensteinii

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Figure 1. E. altensteinii a well-kept specimen.


Distribution & Habitat:

Coastal areas of the Eastern Cape Province thru to the southern border of Natal. Exposed positions thru to heavily forested areas.


A medium cycad to about 5m.


Commonly cultivated.


Moist, well drained position in full sun or shade. Temperate areas thru to the sub-tropics. Tolerant of light frosts. Easily transplanted.

Figure 2. E. altensteinii male cone

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz (Figure 1)
Angelo Porcelli (Figure 2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums