Encephalartos lanatus

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Figure 1. E. lanatus throwing a new flush.


Distribution & Habitat:

Open grass areas in rocky ravines at about 1500m in Transvaal Province, in the catchments of the Wilge River, Olifants and Little Olifants Rivers. Fires are a regular occurence in the area.


A medium sized clumping cycad to about 2m, with up to 3 stems, and blue-green leaves up to 1m. Leaf bases covered in wool.


Full sun, well drained position. Slow growing, and dislikes being transplanted. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. E. lanatus at Kew Gardens, London.
Figure 3. E. lanatus on the cycad hiking trail close toMiddelberg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Figure 4. E. lanatus
Figure 5. E. lanatus

Contributed by:

Dr Andre J Cilliers (Figure 1,3,4,5)
Colin Wilson (Figure 2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums