Eastern Cape Cycad
Also known as
Oos-Kaapse Broodboom (Afr.), Umphanga, Umguza, Isundu (Xhosa), Prickly cycad, Cycad
Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)
This plant has no fragrance
More images of Eastern Cape Cycad
Eastern Cape Cycad Overview
This giant cycad grows in dense coastal vegetation and riverine bush along the Eastern Cape coastline. The base of the cycad is often enlarged and tapers towards the crown. Leaves can be 2 -3 m long. Female plants produce 1 - 5 cones per crown. These cones are egg-shaped, 40 -50 cm in length, yellow, covered in fine brown hair, and produce red seeds. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.
Common problems with Eastern Cape Cycad
Scale and rotting are the main obstackles!
How to harvest Eastern Cape Cycad
Not usually harvested
How to propagate Eastern Cape Cycad
Sow fertile seeds in moist potting soil with added sand to help draining and prevent rot.
Allow suckers to grow at least two years attacked to the mother plant to develop enough reserves to survive as new plant. Make a clean cut to remove and sterilise the wound with Flowers-of-Sulphar to help heal.
Special features of Eastern Cape Cycad
Other uses of Eastern Cape Cycad
The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!