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The Cycad Pages
Cycads in Africa

Three genera of cycads in three different families are known from Africa. The largest and most widespread of these is the African endemic genus Encephalartos, in the family Zamiaceae, with over 60 species spread through southern and central Africa. The distinctive genus Stangeria (Sangeriaceae), with a single variable species, is restricted to Natal Province of South Africa and nearby Mozambique. The third genus in Africa is Cycas, in the family Cycadaceae. A single species of this large genus known from a few small occurrences on the east coast, in Kenya. Some think that these are from introductions by man at some stage over the past thousand years.

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