Encephalartos poggei

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Figure 1. Young female cone of E. poggei at Naples Botanic Garden


Common Names:



Southern Zaire, and north-eastern Angola.

Distribution & Habitat:

Open grassland.


A small clumping cycad to about 2m tall, and up to 3 trunks. Leaves are up 1.5m long, with the young leaves being covered in white hairs.


It is thought that elephants eat the seeds, and are thus the main seed disperser.


Sunny, well drained, sandy position. Frost sensitive. Plants in habitat are deciduous in winter.


Cycads Of The World, David Jones.

Contributed by:

Angelo Porcelli (Figure 1)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums