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Common name : Modjadji cycad (Eng.); Modjadji broodboom (Afr.)
The Modjadji cycad is native to South Africa, occurring in the Letaba District of Mpumalanga at an altitude of 600-1 000m. A rainfall greater than 1 500 mm a year is experienced in the region, with frequent mists providing cool, humid summers. The region is free of frost. Here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa) we experience heavy frosts and yet this Cycad has withstood temperatures as low as -2℃. It is about seven years old now.
As a garden subject, Encephalartos transvenosus is the tallest and one of the most spectacular of all cycad species. With dark glossy green leaves, the seedlings grow rapidly, developing into an attractive garden plant with 1m long leaves in four to five years. This is one of the fastest growing cycads.
This species was described in 1926. The Rain Queens (Modjadji) of the Lovedu region have protected this locally common species for centuries. The specific name transvenosus refers to the network of veins which can be seen when a leaf is held up against the light. This species is closely related to E. paucidentatus ; however, it can be easily identified as its leaflets are broader than those of E. paucidentatus. The genus is restricted to Africa and consists of approximately 69 species.
Info from PlantzAfrica
Modjadji Cycad in my garden