Encephalartos nubimontanus

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Figure 1. E. nubimontanus


Conservation Status:

Extinct in the wild

Distribution & Habitat:

This species was endemic to Drakensberg in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Plants grew in low open deciduous woodland on cliff faces and in direct sunlight, along the mountain range to the north and east of Penge. Occurred at an altitude of 1,000m asl.


A spectacular blue cycad with a trunk to 2.5m (8 feet) tall, arching leaves to 1.4m (5.5 feet) long, and distinctive blue green cones.


More vigorous than other members of the 'Eugene complex', it forms clusters of offsets, handles wetter conditions and prefers full sun. It is hardy, adaptable and striking in appearance.

Figure 2. E. nubimontanus female cone.

Contributed by:

Peter Heibloem Cycad Gardens (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums