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Distribution & Habitat:
Semi-arid sandstone slopes of Easter Cape Province, South Africa. Very hot and dry in summer, cold and wet in winter, with frosts being common.
Clumping, medium sized plant to about 2m. Noticable blue tinge to the leaves.
One of the famous "blue" Encephalartos, and said to be the easiest to grow.
Requires full sun, and extremely well drained soil. Frost tolerant.
Colin Wilson (Figure 1)
Mike Gray (Figure 2)
Dr Andre J. Cilliers (Figure 3&4)
Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown