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MattyB

Green Cycad I.D. needed

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MattyB

Randy, yatchingone, was very generous in gifting this beautiful cycad to me a couple of years ago. He said it was an unknown, maybe a hybrid. So I put it out in full, all day sun, with minimal water and it's doing very well despite the harsh conditions it sees. It's at least doubled in caudex size. When it was younger I had people say it was E. kisambo, E. turneri, but other have since said no way on those. Recently someone suggested E. altensteinii. I don't know enough about cycads to even guess. Got any ideas?

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Mandrew968

Yep, it's a cycad.

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BS Man about Palms

And its a green one.

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Mandrew968

Glad we got that taken care of!

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yachtingone

Encephalartos dentoneyeburnerensis! :drool:

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MattyB

Come on Randy!!!!!! What is it? :drool:

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yachtingone

Ok Matt I short changed you! Encephalartos pauldentoneyeburnerensis!!!:rolleyes:

Your nieghbor Bob has very large E. altensteinii. The pics are of my Bushman river form of altensteinii that is 6' tall over all. The pups are imature leaf form. Also notice in the elongated pic the underside of the leaf is a different color than the top of the leaf. That cycad is growing quite well for you! :greenthumb:

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tropicalb

altensteinii most likely....or something in the natalensis complex.

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MattyB

Thanks guys! Great looking cycad Randy!

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GeneAZ

Thanks guys! Great looking cycad Randy!

I'd lean toward one of the natalensis forms.

Gene

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edbrown_III

I believe it is E. natalensis high land flats form

The prickles at the termination of the petiole eliminate E. altersteinii

Heres a a form --- I admit tho that I don t have the keen eye of a splitter ....

Best rgards

Ed

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tropicalb

ed is right about the prickles eliminating altensteinii....if you look closely at the altensteinii in randy's pic, you will see that where the petiole meets the caudex it is prickle free...

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rprimbs

Well it is definitely an Encephalartos! I'm not an expert but I'm going to wager a bet that it's a natalensis.

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Tracy
On 2/29/2012 at 7:55 AM, MattyB said:

Randy, yatchingone, was very generous in gifting this beautiful cycad to me a couple of years ago. He said it was an unknown, maybe a hybrid. So I put it out in full, all day sun, with minimal water and it's doing very well despite the harsh conditions it sees. It's at least doubled in caudex size. When it was younger I had people say it was E. kisambo, E. turneri, but other have since said no way on those. Recently someone suggested E. altensteinii. I don't know enough about cycads to even guess. Got any ideas?

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So Matt, what does this look like today?  Did you ever reach a decision on species.  I imagine its pretty large after 7 years of growth.  Leaflets didn't look cupped enough to me to be Encephalartos turneri, and turneri usually loads up leaves giving it an almost plumose look as seen below.

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GeneAZ

Splendid E. turneri, Tracy.

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