Encephalartos natalensis

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Figure 1. A young E. natalensis.


Distribution & Habitat:

Open, exposed mountainous areas in Natal and Zululand, South Africa


A large cycad to about 6m tall, usually solitary, but sometimes with several trunks, and basal suckers. Leaves are bright green. Very similar to E. altensteinii.


Sunny, well drained position. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. E. natalensis, "Squebesqu" form (with back-pointing leaflets).
Figure 3. E. natalensis

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1)
Jason Sampson (Figure 2)
Colin Wilson (Figure 3)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums