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From the mountains of S. Kenya, grows in the mountains and mist forest. Frost sensitive.

Endangered species on CITES Appendix I


Toxic due to presence of azoxyglycosides, such as macrozamin and cycasin. Carcinogenic and teratogenic on ingestion.
Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, East Tropical Africa, Kenya
  • Africa, East Tropical Africa, Tanzania

Encephalartos kisambo Faden & Beentje

Genus: Encephalartos
Species: kisambo Faden & Beentje
Common names: Voi cycad
Distribution summary: Kenya, Tanzania
Conservation status (IUCN Red List): Endangered
Habit: Cycad
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Habitat: lowland to mountain forests
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants in pots (POT)
Reason for growing: Toxic

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