|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.