Cycad cones and flushes

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That sclavoi blood really improves the whitelockii looks!

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A few stangeria cones. One male and one female for your viewing pleasure.  

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10 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

A few stangeria cones. One male and one female for your viewing pleasure.  

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That’s something you don’t see every day. Very exciting. 

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Update on the whitelockii x sclavoi great looking flush on this guy. Sclavoi on steroids !!!

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I believe this is an Encephalartos natalensis with the pup bearing the cones below.  We stumbled across a few older Encephalartos species while wondering through the Park at Pena National Palace in Sintra, just west of Lisbon Portugal.  I made my wife stand adjacent for perspective on size.  I provided a close up of the cones and leaf detail as well if you think it is other than natalensis.  Bottom line, one can see why some people get these mature older Encephalartos confused with "palms".

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Another mature older Encephalartos with it's cone breaking apart showing colorful red seeds.  I'm guessing this one is Encephalartos altenstenii.  None of the plants in this very large garden consisting of a few hectares below the palace, had any plant labels.  My wife demonstrating that these can make decent shade plants if you give them enough time.  I don't think I'll be lucky enough to see any shade from any of my Encephalartos in my life; perhaps I'll live long enough to get some shade from a few of my Cycas before I die.

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6 hours ago, Tracy said:

Another mature older Encephalartos with it's cone breaking apart showing colorful red seeds.  I'm guessing this one is Encephalartos altenstenii.  None of the plants in this very large garden consisting of a few hectares below the palace, had any plant labels.  My wife demonstrating that these can make decent shade plants if you give them enough time.  I don't think I'll be lucky enough to see any shade from any of my Encephalartos in my life; perhaps I'll live long enough to get some shade from a few of my Cycas before I die.

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Great pictures Tracy thanks for sharing. Those are some monster cycads. 

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Dioon mejiae

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16 hours ago, Tracy said:

Another mature older Encephalartos with it's cone breaking apart showing colorful red seeds.  I'm guessing this one is Encephalartos altenstenii.  None of the plants in this very large garden consisting of a few hectares below the palace, had any plant labels.  My wife demonstrating that these can make decent shade plants if you give them enough time.  I don't think I'll be lucky enough to see any shade from any of my Encephalartos in my life; perhaps I'll live long enough to get some shade from a few of my Cycas before I die.

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Definitely some age on the cycads.

 

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Something else we aren't used to seeing is epiphytes on Cycads.  Some sort of fern growing on this Encephalartos longifolius.  My wife was having fun making fun of me with my big grin when I found this one, so she had to mimic me.  The flush on this one was just hardening off.  I'm now waiting for my longifolius to get this big... I guess I'll be waiting a few years though :floor:!  This is also in the Pena Palace gardens in Sintra Portugal, just west of Lisbon and worth the visit!

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My Encphalartos lebomboensis had an ugly flush last winter, not sure what happened as I only see it intermittently at my rental.  It has recuperated, with a nice set of what appear to be female large cones.

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Dioon edule "Palma Sola" variation showing two generations of cones, this Autumn's and an old cone which was before the most recent flush still holding on.

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A very chunky Cycas thouarsii with plenty of room to stretch.  The megasporophylls emerging anew, while old seeds hang down.  I put the tennis ball down for perspective on how thick the base is.  I have others which aren't showing this girth, not sure if it's unusual at this age or typical.

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Here we are in November, and my small but already multi-caudex Encephalartos cupidus is pushing one more flush.  One of the other growth points still hasn't hardened off, and I noticed these two new leaves pushing from a different growth point.

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