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E. schmitzii

E.Schmitzii Described in 1969, endemic to Zaire and Zambia, this small cycad with a sub-terranean stem can be found growing among rocks in sparse woodland and grassland in mountainous regions, growing in dense clumps of up to 50 stems with suckers produced freely. The climate is hot in summer and mild to cool and dry in winter, the plant in dry seasons apparently become deciduous and will grow in full sun or filtered sun but is sensitive to damage from frosts. The 0.4 to 0.6m bluish green deeply vee-ed leaves in cross section, straight in profile but recurve near the apex, the lower leaflets reduced to a series simple spine like processes. Female cones are solitary and the seeds are oblong, angular and orange in colour. Much information is lacking about this specie.

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