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A small to medium sized clumping cycad to about 2 metres tall, usually with 2 - 3 trunks, erect or reclining, with bright green leaves. It has adapted to harsh growing conditions in habitat. In cultivation, this plant can develop a deep tap root, and may be semi-deciduous. It grows well in full sun, and can handle mild frosts and does well in pots.
Encephalartos septentrionalis is poorly represented in BotanicalGardens and Private Collections, mainly because of the difficulty ofobtaining living material. This Cycad does not exhibit a great deal of cold tollerance and therefore should not be grown unprotected in frost- prone areas. Small plants take several years before strong growth and multiple leaves appear, this cycad is very attaractive, leavesgrey/green, trunk to 2 metres
Extremely Rare. Genetically pure plants grown from seeds collected by Joe Perner from Habitat location near Moyo, Northern Uganda on the Sudan Border.
Leaves: Beautiful silvery, blue/green. Mature leaves can reach 1 metre in length and are a light green colour, numerous in a obliquely erect although straggly crown
Cone: Cones are green at first becoming yellowish brown at maturity
Seeds: Seeds are oblong, angular and dark red
CITES Appendix I