The 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
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
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.