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PlantFiles: Lebombo Cycad
Encephalartos lebomboensis

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Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: lebomboensis (le-bom-boh-EN-sis) (Info)

Category:
Cycads

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral palmbob On Feb 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common cycad in cultivation and is closely related to E altensteinii and E natalensis. However it is a smaller plant all around. This plant in my experience has the sharpest leaf spines of all the cycads and is truly a dangerous plant- ouch! Some forms have prickles on the leaflet tips, while others have simple leaflets without any extra prickels. It's a pretty slow grower and I have never seen one with more that a foot of trunk, though reportedly the trunks grow to 12' (not all height, though... usually topple over and crawl along the ground at some point)

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Fort Myers, Florida



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