A small cycad with a subterranean or emergent,
trunk to 1 m long and 35 cm diameter, growing singly or in clumps of up
to 3 stems, with new suckers produced from the base.
Green or coppery, covered with white silky hairs.
Numerous, erect to obliquely erect in an often
untidy crown, 1.75 - 2 m long, dark green to blue-green, leathery, flat
in cross-section, straight in profile or twisted towards the apex.
20 - 25cm x 10 cm, more or less conical
30 - 40 x 15 - 20 cm, ovoid-cylindrical, sometimes light brown when mature.
Distribution and Habitat
Endemic to the western Usambara
Mountains in north-eastern Tanzania. Grows on relatively dry, steep,
south-facing rocky hillsides and ridges among grass and low shrubs. The
climate is tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters.
Suited to tropical and subtropical regions. An
extremely attractive species which deserves to become widely grown.
Plants grow vigorously in full sun or semi-shade. Responds well to
regular watering, mulching and light fertilising. Needs protection from