Encephalartos gratus var. manikensis
Gorongowe Cycad, Manica Cycad
This cycad originates in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and is not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: These robust cycads have stout trunks up to 5' (1.5 m) high. Leaves are 3-6' (1-1.9 m) long, composed of about 60 pairs of pinnae (leaflets), with lower pairs becoming smaller. The largest pinnae are 4½-6" (12-15 cm) long about ¾-⅞" (2-2.5 cm) wide, tipped with one or two spines. Male cones 10-24" (25-60 cm) tall occur in groups of 1-4. Female cones are somewhat larger, and woolly. These are an endangered species.
Encephalartos manikensis at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Encephalartos manikensis in Flora of Zimbabwe
Encephalartos manikensis at the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia
Encephalartos manikensis on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species
Encephalartos manikensis on Wikimedia Commons
Encephalartos manikensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9a-11: