Encephalartos villosus

COMMON NAME

Poor man's cycad

TYPE

Cycad

FAMILY

Zamiaceae

NOTES

Encephalartos villosus is a dwarf cycad species that has an almost entirely subterranean stem, it's crown supporting spreading 10 feet long pinnate glossy dark green leaves. Its name “villosus” is Latin for “furry” and derives from its densely wooly crown and softly white fuzzy newly emergent leaves.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

South Africa to the northern border of Swaziland

NATIVE HABITAT

This species grows in forested areas with moderate to high levels of rainfall annually.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

pza.sanbi.org

llifle.com



Encephalartos villosus