Encephalartos equatorialis

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Figure 1. E. equatorialis female cone.


Distribution & Habitat:

Southern Uganda, around Jinja, and Lake Victoria, where it grows on exposed granite outcrops.


A large, clumping cycad, with 4-6 trunks, up to 5m long. Has narrow, dark green leaves up to 3.5 long, and usually held erect. Sometimes developes a a very striking yellow rachis.


Plants are threatened by cultivation, and don't appear to be regenerating.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Vigorous grower.

Figure 2. E. equatorialissouth eastern Uganda near the town of Jinja.
Figure 3. E. equatorialisnew flush.
Figure 4. E. equatorialis
Figure 5. E. equatorialisleaf detail.

Contributed by:

Peter Heibloem, Cycad Gardens (Figure 1)
Jan Anderson (Figure 2,3,4&5)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums