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S. Africa, widespread, in moist forest. Shade or filtered sun. Frost tender.
Endangered species on CITES Appendix I
There is a video by Dr Henry Oakeley
Videos from the garden link
Toxic due to presence of azoxyglycosides, such as macrozamin and cycasin. Carcinogenic and teratogenic on ingestion .
Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022
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Encephalartos villosus Lem.Family: ZAMIACEAE
Species: villosus Lem.
Common names: Poor man's cycad
Distribution summary: Temperate S.Africa
Hardiness: H1c - Heated greenhouse; warm temperate
Habitat: Understorey and margins of evergreen forest
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Wolfson Terrace (T)
Reason for growing: Toxic