Encephalartos transvenosus

COMMON NAME

Modjadji Cycad

TYPE

Cycad

FAMILY

Zamiaceae

NOTES

Its common name alludes to the female dynasty of the Lobedu people, the Rain Queens, whose hereditary name is Modjadji.  The queens live in a valley where this species can be found growing and are protected and held sacred.  Emerging leaves are often covered with a fine white hair (canescent), which is maintained on mature leaves for a long period of time, though not as thick.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Limpopo, South Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

It can be found in elevations ranging from 600-1,500 meters.  Their native terrain ranges from rocky slopes, to grasslands, to densely forested areas.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

pza.sanbi.org

llifle.com



Encephalartos transvenosus