Encephalartos cerinus

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Figure 1. E. cerinus


Distribution & Habitat:

Found in only one location in the Tugela Ferry area of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, where it lives on cliffs overlooking river gorges, usually in very shallow soil.


A distinctive small cycad with a trunk to 30cm long which can be subterranean or emergent, and dark bluish green leaves. Usually between 1 and 3 trunks with few suckers being produced. In habitat the plants usually drop their leaves before coning, and throwing new leaves.


Only described in 1989, the species is now virtually extinct in habitat due to illegal poaching


Sunny, extremely well drained position. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. E. cerinus female cone.

Contributed by:

Jason Sampson (Figure 1)
Peter Heibloem Cycad Gardens (Figure 1,2,3&4)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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