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Male cone above, female below.

Author: Henri Baillon, 1892

East Coast; South Africa

Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  2 Meters
Flower:  No; Cones: Brown - Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Natal Grass Cycad, Fingo, Hottentot's Head
Synonyms:  Lomaria eriopus, Otto Kunze, 1839.
Stangeria paradoxa, T.Moore, 1853.
Stangeria katzeri, Regel.
Stangeria sanderiana,
Stangeria schizodon,

This member of the Stangeriaceae family was given this name by Henri Baillon in 1892. It is found in the costal areas of eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and little to some sun. The carrot-like caudex can grow to more than twenty centimetres in diameter, the leaves can reach two metres. The cones are from brown to yellow, and seeds are the only way of reproducing this plant.

The genera name after Dr. Max Stanger, German surveyor of Natal province in South Africa. The species name means 'wolly foot'.

Sub-family: Stangerioideae.