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Encephalartos schaijesii

Encephalartos schaijesii "Malaisse, Sclavo & Crosiers", Bull. Jard. Bot. Belg. 62: 215-219 (1993). H—BR
"TYPE: a 26 km a l'WSW de Kolwezi, Mupenda, Mar 1988, Malaisse, Moretti & Sclavo 3 (holo BR)."

Etymology: Honoring Schaijes, of ??, collector of cycads.




Historical notes: Described in 1993 by botanists and horticulturists - Malaisse, J.P. Sclavo and -- Crosiers.

Distinguishing features: One of a group of dwarf central African species (the E. poggei complex) that also includes E. delucanus, E. marunguensis and E. schmitzii.

Distribution and habitat:

Conservation: Not listed in the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants.


Plants acaulescent; stem 0.11-0.25 m tall, 20-33 cm diam; 6-13 leaves in crown.

Leaves 75-120 cm long, blue green, dull, strongly keeled (opposing leaflets inserted at 70-80° on rachis), with 96-117 leaflets; rachis yellowish, straight, stiff, not spirally twisted; petiole straight, with 6-12 prickles, spine-free for 20 cm; leaf-base collar not present; basal leaflets reducing to spines.

Leaflets lanceolate, strongly discolorous, not overlapping, not lobed, insertion angle obtuse (45-80°); 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 12-17 cm long, 14-18 mm wide.

Pollen cones narrowly ovoid, 15-17 cm long, 4-4.5 cm diam.

Seed cones 1-2, ovoid, 29 cm long, 15 cm diam.

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