Prickly Cycad, Encephalartos transvenosus
Location: Clive Square
Significance: Large specimen
This is the largest of several specimen Cycads gracing Clive Square.
Very slow growing plants, Cycads are found in South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and parts of Australasia. The family is botanically interesting for having survived basically unchanged for 170-180 million years.
Prickly Cycad comes from the East Cape and Transkei areas of South Africa. Both male and female plants bear showy golden yellow cones. This fine example is more than 80 years old.