Encephalartos Lebomboensis Varigated


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Encephalartos lebomboensis is a species of cycad in the family Zamiaceae. Native to the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa, the species was first described in 1949 by the South African botanist Inez Verdoorn. It is commonly known as the Lebombo cycad, although the name is also used for Encephalartos senticosus which also occurs in the same locality.

There are believed to be about 5,000 specimens of Encephalartos lebomboensis growing in the wild.[1] It is a popular species with plant collectors and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists it as being “Endangered” because of its over-exploitation and the degradation of its habitat due to the encroachment of agricultural land. It is listed in Appendix I of the CITES Appendices. It is widely available as a cultivated plant.

Growing Encephalartos lebomboensis

This cycad is suited to tropical and warm temperature regions. It is easily grown, hardy in full sun or light shade, relatively fast growing and transplants easily. It requires excellent drainage and may be damaged by heavy frosts, but can withstand light frosts. This cycad can be grown from seed or from the removal of suckers which transplant readily.

For more about the pests of cycads, please see Encephalartos horridus

When obtaining cycads for your garden, please be sure to buy from reputable sources and guard against doing anything that might endanger wild populations of these plants.

Yvonne Reynolds would like to thank Dr Piet Vorster, Dr John Donaldson, De Wet Bosenberg and Johann Hurter for their assistance with this article.


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