|Photo Ken Hill
|The Cycad Pages
- Encephalartos nubimontanus P.J.H. Hurter, "Phytologia 78(6): 409-410, fig. 1" (1995). H—PRE
- "TYPE: Republic of South Africa, Northern Province, alt. 1000 m (leaf and male cone), 27 Mar 1995, P.J.H. Hurter 95R/1 (holo PRE)."
|Photo Ken Hill
Latin nubis, black, and montanus, mountain
Described in 1995 by South African horticulturist
Most similar to E. cupidus, differing in the larger and arborescent
habit and the longer leaves with longer petioles and often recurving tips.
Apical cone-scales in both seed and pollen cones of E. nubimontanus
are sterile and extended, unlike those of E. cupidus, and cones are
glaucous rather than dark green. Fully adult leaflets also tend to be
Distribution and habitat: South Africa - Transvaal Natal
1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants
category E, listed as both Encephalartos nubimontanus and
Plants arborescent; stem 2.5 m tall, 35-40 cm diam.
Leaves 110-140 cm long, blue or silver, dull, strongly keeled
(opposing leaflets inserted at 45-70° on rachis); rachis blue, straight,
stiff, slightly twisted in some leaves; petiole straight, with no prickles;
leaf-base collar prominent; basal leaflets reducing to spines (few).
Leaflets lanceolate, concolorous, overlapping upwards, not lobed,
insertion angle acute (less than 45°); margins flat; upper margin entire
(no teeth), or lightly toothed (1-3 teeth); lower margin entire (no teeth), or
lightly toothed (1-3 teeth); median leaflets 17-25 cm long, 15-25 mm wide.
Pollen cones 2-5, narrowly ovoid or fusiform, bluish-green, 25-40 cm
long, 5-11 cm diam.
Seed cones 1-3, ovoid, blue-green, 30-40 cm long, 18-20 cm diam.
Seeds ovoid, 35-38 mm long, 23-30 mm wide, sarcotesta red.