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Distribution & Habitat:
Exposed slopes of the mountains of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Summers are very hot and dry, while winters are very cold, with frosts and snow being common.
Clumping medium/large plant, to about 4m tall. Leaves slightly erect.
This species can produce more cones than any other species of Encephalartos
Very hardy species (see habitat above), but very slow growing. Requires full sun, and very good drainage.
Cycads of the World, David Jones.
Morn Ferreira (Figure 1,2&3)
Colin Wilson (Figure 4)