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Encephalartos manikensis "Bandula"

Encephalartos manikensis "Bandula"


This plant--also known as Encephalartos bandula--is a member of the Encephalartos manikensis complex--a group of large cycads growing in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Plants in this complex have fat--straight trunks of up to 5 feet in height--leaves with short petioles--medium-sized spiny leaflets and green cones. In the picture here--you will see a female plant--with two cones--next to which has been placed a male cone--for reference. We have also attached a leaflet picture for you to see its size.

Encephalartos bandula grows in the Bandula Hill region of Mozambique. Its features are significantly different from other forms of this species. This species is relatively unique among Encephalartos--in that the male and female cones of this species are similar. Also--its leaflets are generally shorter and wider than other forms. Although there are no firm proposals to name this a unique species--there is a possibility of it being considered a different species or a sub-species at some point in the future.




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Encephalartos manikensis "Bandula"