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Author: Christian Friedrich Ecklon, 1834
Origin:  Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  200 Centimetres
Flower:  Cones; Green - Grown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Karoo Cycad
Synonyms:  Encephalartos mauritianus, Miq.
Encephalartos spinulosus,
Zamia glaucescens,
Zamia lehmanniana,
Eckl. & Zeyh.
Zamia spinulosa,

This member of the Zamiaceae family was given this name by Christian Friedrich Ecklon in 1834. It is found in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The trunk can grow to 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 200 centimetres in height. The cones are green to brownish.

The name Encephalartos is derived from the Greek. en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning 'bread'. The species name in honour of Prof Johann Georg Christian Lehmann, a German botanist who studied the cycads.