G. Christian Lehmann, 1834
||Eastern Cape; South Africa,
Minimum - Medium
Cape Blue Cycad
Encephalartos nanus, Lehm.
Encephalartos vanhallii, de Vriese
Zamia aurea, Miq.
Zamia gleina, Miq.
Zamia nana, Miq.
This member of the Zamiaceae family was given this name by Johann Georg Christian Lehmann in 1834. It is found in the Eastern
Cape Province of South Africa and in Eswatini, growing in a well drained soil with
little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex will grow up to 30
centimetres in diameter and 50 centimetres height. The whole plant
will reach 80 centimetres. The cones are bluish-green, the male cone
longer than the female.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The species name means 'bristly', 'prickly' or 'rough'.