Photo by JMK, Wikipedia.org.
The male cones by JMK, Wikipedia.org.
The female cones from Mark cycad garden.
Another plant by Drew Avery,
Bernard Verdcourt, 1945
Limpopo; NE South Africa
Medium - Maximum
dioecious member of the Zamiaceae family
was given this name by Bernard Verdcourt in 1945. It is found in Limpopo in
north-eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30 or even 45 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 4,5 metres in height. The cones are brown.
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek:
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The species is
named after Eugène Marais, 1871-1936, a South African lawyer,
naturalist, poet and writer, who discovered the plant.