J.J Lavranos & D. L. Goode,
NE South Africa
Cones: Blue-Green -
Lillie Cycad, Lowveld Cycad
Vorster, Robbertse & S.van der Westh.
dioecious member of the Zamiaceae family
was given this name by John Jacob Lavranos and D. L. Goode in 1988. It is found in Limpopo in the north-eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 60 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to five metres in height. The cones are blue-green or yellow.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The specific name
after Allen Dyer, 1900-1987, a prominent botanical researcher in South
The caudex by Geoff Steiner,
The male cone from
Here, the bluish colour is more promenent.
Photo by Geoff Steiner, Agaveville.org.