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E. poggei

E. Poggei. Described in 1878, occurring in Southern Zaire and NE Angola this small cycad with a swollen sun-terranean stem can be found growing in open grasslands often solitary individuals but sometimes forming extensive colonies. The climate is hot and dry in summer and mild in winter. Fires occur annually in the grassland where this specie grows. Best grown in full sun and prefers sandy soil but is very sensitive to frost and damage may occur. Stems may reach 2m long with a diameter of 30cm, while the approximately 12 leaves in an erect to obliquely erect crown, the leaves 0.7 to 1.5m in length, somewhat glaucous, flat in cross-section, straight or arched in profile, sometimes with an apical twist, the lower leaflets abruptly reduced to a series of spine-like processes. Cones are barrel-shaped, green to pinkish, maturing to yellow, while the seeds are pink to red in colour. It is reported that Elephants eat the fleshy sporophylls of the cones and seeds and are the main dispersal agent for this specie.

Example of an adult Poggei

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