Encephalartos princeps

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Figure 1. E. princeps


Common Names:

Kei cycad

Distribution & Habitat:

Exposed rocky outcrops in Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Dry, mild to hot summers, and cold winters with frequent heavy frosts.


Clumping, medium to large cycad to about 4m tall. Blue/green leaves.


Very similar to E. lehmannii, altho this species is more robust.


Full sun and well drained. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. E. princeps
Figure 3. E. princeps
Figure 4. E. princepsin habitat
Figure 5. E. princeps

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1)
Peter Heibloem, Cycad Gardens, (Figure 2)
Morn Ferreira (Figure 3,4&5)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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