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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.



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I have a Turneri that is supposed to be the "Boila" form.  The ID isn't guaranteed, it's entirely possible that this one is a similar central African species in the Manikensis alliance.  It is super twisty when growing out a new flush.  This is only the second flush after I planted it last fall, and the old fronds were mostly burned off by frost and 28F on Christmas night 2020.  It has a ~9 headed Dioon Edule behind it.  I have a similar "Turneri" in the front yard that took no damage during the same frost, but the front yard is ~3F warmer.


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