Encephalartos villosus

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Figure 1. E. villosus leaf close-up.


Distribution & Habitat:

Open forest in South Africa and Swaziland.


A small to medium sized, clumping cycad, with a trunk up to 300mm tall. Leaves are dark glossy green, and up to 3m long.


A lightly shaded, moist, well drained position in the sub-tropics. A good landscaping plant. Frost sensitive.

Figure 2. E. villosus at Quail Gardens.
Figure 3. E. villosus with a male cone.
Figure 4. E. villosus in habitat.

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1,2&3)
Dr Andre J. Cilliers (Figure 4)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums