Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

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Figure 1. E. eugene-maraisii leaf detail.


Common Names:

Waterberg cycad

Distribution & Habitat:

Endemic to the mountains of the Waterberg, Pietersburg, Witbank, and Middelburg districts of the central Transvaal.


A solitary or lightly clumping plant to 2.5m tall, with dull blue/silver leaves between 1-1.5m long strongly keeled (opposing leaflets inserted at 50-90° on rachis). It is in the same group as E. middelburgensis, E. dyerianus, E. dolomiticus, and E. hirsutus.


Requires full sun, and extremely well drained soil. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. E. eugene-maraisii at Kew Gardens
Figure 3. E. eugene-maraisii

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1&2)
Dr Andre J. Cilliers (Figure 3)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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