Robert Allen Dyer, 1965|
Eastern Cape Province; South Africa|
Cones: Male Olive-Green, Female Dull Greenish|
This member of the
was given this name by Robert Allen Dyer in 1965. It is found in the Eastern
Cape Province in South Africa, growing in any well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to six metres in height. The cones are olive-green or greenish.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The specific name
is derived from the Latin word meaning 'first', as Dyer believed that
the species actually had a longer history than its ally E. lehmannii.