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Offline Ernst

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Lesser known Stangeria eriopus
« on: June 29, 2008, 15:13:12 PM »
The only South African Cycad with veins on the leaves.

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Re: Lesser known Stangeria eriopus
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 15:51:11 PM »
Ernst,

I have not seen this one before.  The leaves do not look like that of 'normal' cycads, but rather more like a tree fern.  This is common to the southeastern coastal areas of SA.  Believe it or not it was first thought to be a tree-fern, until one produced a cone in an English Botanical garden and so the mistake was realised.  They make attractive plants and propagation happens the same as any other cycad.

I wish I could see a photo of the parents though.  Is this a sucker or seedling?


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Re: Lesser known Stangeria eriopus
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 17:54:35 PM »
I also have 2 seedlings abouout the same size oas yours Ernst, I found they are very slow growers

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Re: Lesser known Stangeria eriopus
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 18:15:34 PM »
I guess it is a seedling. A friend bought two plants for me about 4 years ago. They did not grow much since.
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Re: Lesser known Stangeria eriopus
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008, 12:50:49 PM »
Its a very nice plant indeed.
I know a fellow cycad collector selling seedlings for R50 each.
And yes its a very slow grower I would put it in the same league as E.Friderici-Guilielmi growing wise.
That is personal exp ofc. :)