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- Encephalartos brevifoliolatus Vorster, S. African J. Bot. 62(1): 61-64 (1996). H—PRE
- "TYPE: Republic of South Africa, Transvaal, precise locality withheld, P. Vorster 2984 (holo PRE iso K)."
Latin brevis, short and foliola, leaflet, from the shorter
leaflets that distinguish this species from the very similar E.
Described in 1996 by South African botanist
Clearly closely related to E. laevifolius, with almost
identical leaf and petiole morphology, and
pollen cones (seed cones are unknown), but distinguished by the shorter
and broader leaflets with distinctly recurved margins.
Distribution and habitat: South Africa, Transvaal, known
from only 5 plants.
1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants
Plants arborescent; stem 2.5 m tall, 25-30 cm diam.
Leaves 80-120 cm long, dark green, semiglossy, moderately keeled
(opposing leaflets inserted at 135° on rachis); rachis yellowish,
straight, stiff, not spirally twisted; petiole straight, with no prickles,
spine-free for 9-20 cm; leaf-base collar not clear; basal leaflets not reducing
Leaflets lanceolate, strongly discolorous, overlapping downwards, not
lobed, insertion angle obtuse (45-80°) or acute (less than 45°);
margins flat, or incurved; upper margin entire (no teeth); lower margin entire
(no teeth); median leaflets 6-8 cm long, 10-12 mm wide.
Pollen cones 2-6, fusiform, 35 cm long, 6-7 cm diam.