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E. lanatus

E.Lanatus. Described in 1926, endemic to Southern Africa occurring in the province of the Transvaal this fine blue leaved medium size cycad can be found growing in full sun among grass in sheltered rocky valleys. The climate is warm to moderately hot summers and extremely cold in winter with heavy frosts being common. The stems range from 1 to 2m tall and 35cm in diameter, growing singly or in clumps of 2 to 3 with suckers produced from the base. The leaves when young are covered with dense white wool and as they mature they harden and the wool is shed and is replaced by a powdery bloom. The 1m leaves recurve at the tip and sometimes gently twisted but and can be confused with those of the Laevifolius, Humilus, and Frederici-guilielmi, however of the 4 species only the Humilus has the strongly recurving leaf-tips. Female cones, barrel-shaped are a yellowish colour with a dense tomentum of grey wool while the seeds are yellow and are not as fleshy as those of the other Encephalartos species, becoming light brown with age. Removal of this specie from its natural habitat to public parks often ends in failure as these cycads are sensitive to disturbance, especially of large specimens.

Example of an adult Lanatus

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