This member of the
Zamiaceae family was described by Antoine Charles Lemaire in 1868. It is found in the
southern Natal Province and the eastern part of the
Cape Province, South Africa and in Swaziland. It grows in a well drained soil
with some water and some sun. The short stem can grow up to 30 centimetres
in diameter and 40 to 200 centimetres height. The cones are yellow.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
"en" meaning within; "kephali" meaning head and "artos" meaning
bread. "villosus" is Latin meaning softly hairy.
Encephalartoideae, Tribe Encephalarteae, Sub-Tribe