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E. pterogonus

E.Pterogonus The sad history of this specie can be summarised in a few words, discovered in 1949, described in 1969 and apparently extinct in the wild by 1975. Endemic to Central Mozambique, the single colony of 200 plants found on Mt. Mruwere were removed to cultivation by poachers. Closely related to the E.Manikensis, the stem of this specie can reach up to 1.5m in height with a diameter of 40cm, stems which are textured with large and small leaf-based scars. The light green leaves reach 1.5m long and are straight and held upwards but spread outwards with age. The leaflets gradually reduce in size towards the base of the rachis, culminating in a series of trifid or bifid prickles. Female cones are barrel-shaped and have a bright glossy green colour while the seeds are scarlet or orange red. This specie is suited to cool tropical and sub-tropical regions, will grow in full sun or partial shade and the frost tolerance is not high.

Example of an adult Pterogonus

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