Encephalartos msinganus

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Figure 1. E. msinganus


Conservation Status:

Critically Endangered

Common Names:

Msinga Cycad

Distribution & Habitat:

One small area near Msinga, central KwaZulu-Natal, between altitudes of 900m and 1200m. It grows in short grassland on steep north-facing slopes, usually amongst boulders in scrub clumps, or occasionally on sandstone cliff faces, in full sun.


A medium sized clumping cycad to 3m, with 1.5m long, slightly arching, glossy green leaves.


Sunny, very well drained position.

Figure 2. E. msinganus seeds.

Contributed by:

Peter Heibloem Cycad Gardens (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums