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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
- Africa, Southern Africa, Cape Provinces
- Africa, Southern Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Encephalartos ghellinckii Lem.Family: ZAMIACEAE
Species: ghellinckii Lem.
Common names: Drakensberg cycad
Distribution summary: South Africa (Natal)
Conservation status (IUCN Red List): Vulnerable
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Rocky areas in sparse forests, grassland and open bushland
Garden status: Not currently grown
Reason for growing: Toxic