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Munch's cycad

Encephalartos munchii

Munch's cycad is a highly endangered dwarf cycad with only one known colony in the Zembe Mountains of Mozambique. It is a dwarf cycad with blue-green leaves that turn yellow with age. Female cones are cylindrical to barrel-shaped, 50 cm in length, and bright green. Seeds are red.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when mature and starting to loosen from the cone.

Propagation

Seed
Sow fresh mature seed in sandy soil.
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
Southern Africa, Zembe Mountains in Mozambique.
Natural climate
Humid, sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

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
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem-free

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