Johann G. Christian Lehmann, 1834
South-Western Eastern Cape; South Africa
Male: Greenish-Brown. Female Olive-Green
Cycad, Suurberg Cycad, Suurbergbroodboom
Zamia longifolia Jacq.1801.
Zamia lanuginosa Jacq. 1801.
Zamia elegans Yates, 1849.
caffer Hooker 1869.
This member of the Zamiaceae family was
given this name by Johann Georg Christian Lehmann in 1834. It is found in
south-western Eastern Cape of South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem might
branch and are reaching a height of three or even four and a half
meter. It can obtain a diameter of 30 or even 45 centimetres. As the
Latin name incline, the leaves are long; one to two metres. The
greenish brown cones with reddish adpressed hairs are huge: The male
cones which are subcylindric, narrowed somewhat to the ends, are
40-60 cm long and 14-20 cm broad . The female cones are ovid, or
barrel-shaped, about 60 cm long and 40 cm diameter, weighing up to
Encephalartos is derived from the Greek.
en meaning 'within', kephali meaning 'head' and artos meaning
'bread'. The species name for the long leaves.