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|The Cycad Pages
- Encephalartos ghellinckii Lem., "Ill. Hort. 14, misc.: 80" (1867). ?
- "TYPE: no plate, no citation except hort Versch."
Honoring Ed de Ghellink de Walle, 19th
Century Belgian horticulturist and amateur botanist.
Described in 1867 by Belgian botanist
The very narrow leaflets with recurved margins are unique to this species.
E. cycadifolius may have leaflets almost as narrow, but these are
not recurved and lack the persistent grey wool often present in E.
ghellinckii. E. friderici-guilielmi has similar leaflets to
E. cycadifolius, but usually broader.
Distribution and habitat:
Mountanous regions of Natal Province of South Africa and Transkei, in
grasslands on rocky ridges and slopes.
1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants
Plants arborescent; stem 3 m tall, 30-40 cm diam.
Leaves 100 cm long, dark green or blue green, dull, flat (not keeled)
in section (opposing leaflets inserted at 180° on rachis); rachis
yellowish, straight, stiff, slightly twisted in some leaves; petiole recurved,
with no prickles; leaf-base collar not present; basal leaflets not reducing to
Leaflets linear, strongly discolorous, not overlapping, not lobed;
margins recurved; upper margin entire (no teeth); lower margin entire (no
teeth); median leaflets 8-14 cm long, 2-4 mm wide.
Pollen cones 1-5, narrowly ovoid, yellow, 20-25 cm long, 6-8 cm diam.
Seed cones 1-5, ovoid, yellow, 20-25 cm long, 12-15 cm diam.
Seeds oblong, 25-30 mm long, 15-20 mm wide, sarcotesta yellow.