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Lyndenburg cycad

Encephalartos inopinus

Lydenburg cycads are indigenous to gorges and ravines of the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers. These cycads are multi-stemmed with flaky paper-like 'bark' and blue-green leaves. Female cones are 30 - 35 cm in length and a yellow-green colour.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seed for sowing when mature and colored.

Propagation

Seed
Naked seeds grow on female plants and need pollen from male plants to be fertile. Sow fresh fertile seeds in sandy soil and keep warm and moist. Germination can take 1-3 months.
Suckers
Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, ravines of the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers.
Natural climate
Summer rainfall

Environment

Light
Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline

Uses

Edible
The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!
Notes
Ornamental

Personality

Family
Zamiaceae
Flower colour
none
Scent
None

Problems

Few, include scale insects and mealy bug.

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