So I acquired this Encephalartos hybrid as a 1 or 2 leaf seedling in a band size container (3" x 9") several years ago. It has proven to be a good grower. I acquired it as a hybrid of an E blue arenarius x latifrons. I have always wondered about how blue it is because I don't recall many 1st generation hybrids of green species with blue actually being such an intense blue. Now as a caudex is beginning to appear, I noticed the orange colored ring collars (see photos below). When I see that color on a collar of a blue cycad, I immediately think of E lehmannii. The leaflets are much narrower than what I would expect if there were any latifrons in the mix. So perhaps some sort of lehmanii x horridus or lehmanii x trispinosis? I might consider lehmanii and the other purported parent latifrons.
So am I reading too much into that collar color? Since I have been thinking about this for a while I wanted to see if anyone else got one of these and has had similar thoughts. I'm happy with the plant whatever it turns out to be, just based on structure and color, but I am curious about it's parentage. At some point I'll have additional clues when it gets to coning size but that's quite a few flushes and years away.
Ok... there is no Encephalartos plumosa, but if they had named this cycad based on appearance as opposed to naming it after someone, I think its pretty obvious that it should have been named "plumosa". Anyone else growing Encephalartos turneri that can either reinforce or refute my opinion? My male has remained solitary thus far without producing any basal suckers.
No offense to Ian Turner this cycads namesake, I'm sure it was a well deserved naming.
I’m in search of any footage of anything cycad related for a documentary over cycads. Would love to have anything you might have, especially of any plants in situ, their beauty, anatomy, etc.
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Thanks in advance!