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South Africa Flat Leaf Form

Encephalartos ferox
South Africa Flat Leaf Form

Encephalartos ferox<br>South Africa Flat Leaf FormThe Encephalartos ferox from South Africa tends to have a flat leaflets, which are often quite wide. This flat-leafed form of Encephalartos ferox grows in coastal areas of KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa. It often has wider leaflets than the Mozamibiquan forms of Encephalartos ferox.

Encephalartos ferox is one of the most beautiful and interesting African cycads, featuring bright red cones and glossy leaves with sharp lobes. Also known as the " Holly Leaf Cycad", Encephalartos ferox grows along the coastline of South Africa and Mozambique, often in pure sand. The species name "ferox" is Latin for "ferocious", due to its thorny leaves.

In habitat, Encephalartos ferox usually grows under tree cover, which protects it from direct sun, because it does best growing in part shade. The Holly Leaf Cycad is fast growing and relatively easy to grow. Encephalartos ferox requires excellent drainage and enjoys deep sandy soil. Its trunk can reach 3+ ft in height over time, with leaves up to 6 feet long. Its leaflets grow up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide.




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Encephalartos ferox
South Africa Flat Leaf Form