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E. heenanii

E. heenanii. This unusual cycad was discovered in 1969 and later described in 1972 endemic to Swaziland and the Province of Transvaal and can be found growing in open areas among grass on steep rocky slopes with the climate hot in summer and cold in winter. This small to medium cycad with stems up to 2.5m long and 35cm in diameter can be found growing in clumps of up to 5 stems with numerous suckers produced from the base. The1 to1.3m dark green hairy, flat or inversely vee-ed in cross section, incurved in profile and often twisted near the apex leaves, when new have a very dense covering of silver brown hairs, most of this is shed with age. The rachises are often strongly twisted towards the apex and the leaves are held more or less erect with their tips curving gently inwards with the parallel veins on the under surface of each leaflet are prominently raised. The Heenaniís cones are remarkable in two respects, they are the hairiest in the genus and the female cone is virtually indistinguishable at first sight. Female cones are pale green covered with brown wool while seeds are orange to yellow in colour.

Example of an adult Heenanii

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