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S. Africa, E. Cape, semi-arid regions, mountain slopes. Requires sun, good drainage. Tolerates frost.
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
Encephalartos lehmannii Lehm.Family: ZAMIACEAE
Species: lehmannii Lehm.
Common names: Karoo Cycad
Distribution summary: Temperate South Africa
Conservation status (IUCN Red List): Near Threatened
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Cliff top ledges
Garden status: Not currently grown
Reason for growing: Toxic