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Encephalartos Kisambo

DescriptionCycads World

A medium-sized cycad with a erect or leaning trunk to 2.5 m tall and 70 cm in across ,growing in clumps with up to 12 stems, with suckers produced from the base.

Young Leaves

Bluish green or light soapy green, covered with fine white hairs.

Mature Leaves

Numerous, obliquely erect to spreading crown, 2-4m x 50-90cm long, soapy green, dull, leathery, rigid, flat in cross - section, straight in profile.

Cones

Creamy yellow to Orange two or three on each stem

Male Cones

40-60 x 10-12 cm narrowly cylindrical.

Female Cones

40 - 60 x 15 - 16 cm, cylindrical.

Distribution and Habitat

Endemic to southern Kenya, where it is restricted to isolated mountains in the Voi district. The species occurs as scattered populations among granite boulders on steep slopes at 800 - 1200m altitude. Most plants grow in mist forest but some grow in the open exposed situations. The climate is hot and humid in summer and mild and dry in winter. Mists occur frequently in the morning and evening and frosts are unknown.

Notes

The species has suffered badly at the hands of poachers, with large numbers of plants being illegally collected. Although this species is now protected by law in Kenya and the area where it grows is now a water cachment, the latest threats to its survival are vegetation clearing for charcoal extraction and human encroachment.

Cultivation

Suited to tropical and subtropical and warm temperate regions. A majestic and fast growing species which can be grown in full sun but the best appearance is attained with some protection from the sun. Responds to regular watering and mulching. Sensitive to damage from frosts. Grows well in Adelaide and Perth with some light frosts and a temperate, winter rainfall climate.

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