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(previously with E. lebomboensis) Lembobo Mountains from N. KZN through Swaziland to Mpumalongu on slopes of high ridges and drifts along river valleys where its hot in summer and cold and moist in winter. Suits tropical and warm temperate regions. Full sun or light shade, excellent drainage required. Withstands light frosts.

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, Southern Africa, Cape Provinces
  • Africa, Southern Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland

Encephalartos senticosus Vorster

Genus: Encephalartos
Species: senticosus Vorster
Common names: Jozini cycad
Distribution summary: Natal, Swaziland
Conservation status (IUCN Red List): Vulnerable
Habit: Cycad
Hardiness: H3 - Half hardy; unheated greenhouse/mild winter
Habitat: Rocky slopes
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Arid zones (Q)
Reason for growing: Toxic

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