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Offline Aletta

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Encephalarthos villosus
« on: March 14, 2010, 12:40:52 PM »
Hi Abbey,

I'm re-posting my question as you requested here about whether my cycad is male or female.  Here is a photo of the cones taken today.

E. villosus


At the moment the measurements of two of the three cones are: 33 cm x 12.5 cm and 34 cm x 13 cm respectively.
The present ratio length to width is about 2.5 : 1 but will probably change as the cones are still growing.

Yesterday I visited the website of the Cycad Society SA for more information:   http://www.cycadsociety.org/villosus/villosus.html

I hope a "plant gynaecologist" will resolve the matter for all of us!
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Aletta


« Last Edit: March 14, 2010, 12:57:02 PM by Aletta »

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2010, 21:51:23 PM »
Hi Aletta,
I know someone living in Brackenfell who will be able to immediately tell what it is
and will be able to tell you what to do next.  Contact me privately and I will give you his details.

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2010, 21:59:59 PM »
Any bets going for a male??
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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 06:05:49 AM »
Alleta

Thanks for reposting the pix here under cycads, hopefully the issue of the pod sex will resolve here.
I love a mystery and the curiosity is killing me.  ???
I suppose it will pend on whether the pods grow upwardsand elongate or across and turn yellow or if anybody else may know of other identifying features. It would be good if you could line up an appropriate partner for it.

Any bets going for a male??
How much are you willing to loose  LOL
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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 18:12:08 PM »
A male :)

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 19:29:53 PM »
Hi Aletta,

Here is a female cone of E. villosus in our garden last year for you to compare.



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Wesley

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010, 21:57:35 PM »
Thanks, Wesley. I'll keep all of you posted as to the outcome of the saga.

Aletta

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 01:42:12 AM »
 :mmm: Wesley would know
 
I'll put my money on Wesley ;D

Thanks for the comparative pix Wesley :good:
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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 10:21:31 AM »
Collect the pollin you can store it in the fridge up to 2 years.

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 21:14:01 PM »
Jan,

I'll do so.

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2010, 09:37:07 AM »
Definately a female.

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2010, 18:13:11 PM »
Hi Craig,

I'm so glad that you also think that my plant is female.   ;)  ;)
After posting the photo I contacted an expert here in Cape Town recommended by Faan. This expert, Servaas Conradie, initially also thought it was a male plant because of the three cones. As he did not have web access, he changed his diagnosis to female once he had seen the picture. He and Faan will be coming to my garden to pollinate the cones as soon as they are ready!

Regards,
Aletta
« Last Edit: March 31, 2010, 07:14:42 AM by Aletta »

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Re: Encephalarthos villosus
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2010, 22:44:06 PM »
  I do wish the could make up its mind
 :woohoo: We have a none  LOL

Aleta keep us posted with the different pix of the growth and the pollinating procedure

I love a good mystery with a happy ending  ;)

PS. I have been comparing of your triplets with Wesley's picture and somehow they look different to Wesley's female - they seem more elongated but I am no expert just a very curious gardener.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2010, 07:52:31 AM by abby »
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