Encephalartos middelburgensis

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Figure 1. Female E. middelbergensis on the cycad hiking trail,Middelberg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Distribution & Habitat:

Sheltered, grassy slopes, between 1,000 and 1,400 m in altitude, in the Middleburg district of the Transvaal Province, South Africa. Hot and dry in summer, cold and very frosty in winter.


Large, clumping cycad to about 7m. New leaves have a silvery appearance due to very fine hairs covering them.


Likes full sun, a very well drained position.

Figure 2. Male cones on E. middelburgensis
Figure 3. E. middelburgensis in habitat, South Africa.

Contributed by:

Dr Andre J Cilliers (Figure 1)
Morn" Ferreira (Figure 2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums