Encephalartos pterogonus

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Figure 1. E. pterogonus


Common Names:



Mt Mruwere, Mozambique, where a single colony was discovered.

Distribution & Habitat:

Rocky, hillside.


A medium-sized, suckering cyacd with a trunk to about 1.5 tall, and up to 4 stems. Leaves are light green, and up to 1.5m long.


This plant is very rare. It was discovered in 1949, described in 1969, and was extinct in its habitat by 1975, due to poachers.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Dislikes frost. Very difficult to get to cone.

Figure 2. E. pterogonus


Cycads Of The World, David Jones.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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