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E. paucidentatus

E.Paucidentatus. Described in 1926 endemic to Southern Africa, occurring in the Province of the Transvaal and Swaziland this handsome giant cycad can be found in the mountains of the Eastern Transvaal in the vicinity of the town of Barberton and also a short distance over the border into the NW corner of Swaziland. Growing in regions that are heavily forested with steep rocky slopes and in semi shade, those found on rock cliffs have slender stems while those found growing in semi shaded area have thicker stems which can reach up to 6m in length and 40 to 70cm in diameter. The climate is hot in summer and cold in winter. The dark green glossy leaves are 1 to 2m long and are flat and straight with the tips of the outer leaves curving gently upwards and inwards, although not to the same extent as in the Heenanii its close relative. Female cones are a golden yellow colour, heavily wrinkled and covered with a fine golden brown wool which is gradually lost as the cone matures, the seeds are red. Best grown in cultivation is in semi shade although can be grown in full sun, requires good mulching and water in dry seasons or periods. Mature plants resent disturbance and are slow to re-establish often taking a number of years before producing a new set of leaves.

Example of an adult Paucidentatus

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