Otto Stapf & Joseph B.Davy,
SE South Africa, Eswatini
Medium - Maximum
Cones: Male Brown -
Yellow, Female; Light Yellow
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dioecious member of the Zamiaceae family
was given this name by Otto Stapf and Joseph Burtt Davy in 1926. It is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa, and at
Piggs Peak in Eswatini. It is growing in a well drained soil with some water and
some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow from 25 to 35 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to four metres in height. The male cones are brown to yellow, the female cones
are light yellow.
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 laevis which means 'smooth', and
refers to the smoothness of the leaflets relative to that of the
leaflets of E. lanatus.