Hamish Boyd Gilliland, 1939
Medium - Maximum
Cones: Light Green
Gorongo Cycad, Gorongowe
Cycad, Rhodesian Cycad, Manica Cycad
gratus var. manikensis?
This dioecious member of the Zamiaceae family
was given this name by Hamish Boyd Gilliland in 1939. It is found in where Mozambique and
Zimbabwe meet, growing in a well drained soil with quite some water and
lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 35 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 200 centimetres in height. The cones are light green.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The specific name
from the Manica districts of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique,
where this species occurs.