Encephalartos gratus in habitat

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Figure 1. E. gratus under forest.

E. gratus in Malawi

The female plant beside the banana tree (Figure 3) is standing right in a rocky river. I was very surprised by that. I would have expected the plants in a drier place. In fact it grows in the rainiest part of Malawi; beside the Mulanje mountain, which is composed of granite and is the highest mountain in Malawi.


Figure 2. E. gratus male cones.
Figure 3. Female E. gratus


Contributed by:

Jan Andersson (Figure 1)

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