Encephalartos arenarius

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Figure 1. E. arenarius leaf detail.


Distribution & Habitat:

Sand-dunes of the Cape Province, South Africa.


A small cycad, with a trunk to about 1m long, either erect, or reclining.


Very closely related to E. latifrons.


Requires excellent drainage (i.e. sand), and prefers light shade. Very frost sensitive.

Figure 2. A nice bluish E. arenarius.
Figure 3. E. arenarius with male cones.
Figure 4. E. arenarius with female cones.

E. arenarius taken near Alexandria in the eastern Cape.

Figure 5. E. arenarius leaf close-up.
Figure 6. E. arenarius
Figure 7. E. arenarius

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1,2,3&4)
Jan Andersson (Figure 5,6,7).

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums