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Author:  Robert Allen Dyer, 1965
Origin:  Eastern Cape Province; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  6 Metres
Flower:  Cones: Male Olive-Green, Female Dull Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/Suckers
Names:  Kei Cycad
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Zamiaceae family was given this name by Robert Allen Dyer in 1965. It is found in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, growing in any well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to six metres in height. The cones are olive-green or greenish.

The name 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 meaning 'first', as Dyer believed that the species actually had a longer history than its ally E. lehmannii.

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