Encephalartos latifrons

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Figure 1. E. latifrons in habitat.


Common Names:

Albany Cycad

Distribution & Habitat:

Rocky slopes in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.


A medium sized clumping cycad to about 3m tall, forming clumps of up to 8 stems. Leaves are bright green and glossy, and up to 1.5m long.


An extremely desirable plant to collectors, with the result that poaching has reduced the wild population to such an extent that fertilisation no longer occurs, and hence seeds are no longer produced. Apparantly the last time a wild E. latifrons seeded was in 1925.


An easy but very slow grower, liking a sunny spot in a well drained position.

Figure 2. E. latifrons leaf detail.
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Figure 9. E. latifrons in habitat.

Contributed by:

Renier Smit (Figure 1-9)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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