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Encephalartos horridus is a species of cycad native to South Africa.

Encephalartos horridus

Description:

Encephalartos horridus is a slow-growing, evergreen cycad with a thick, barrel-shaped trunk that can reach up to 3 meters tall.
The leaves are dark green, up to 1.5 meters long, and have a pinnate (feather-like) arrangement with sharp, spiny leaflets.
The plant produces large, cone-like structures that contain the male or female reproductive parts.
Native Habitat:

Encephalartos horridus is endemic to a small region in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
It typically grows in rocky, well-drained soils in mountainous areas and scrublands.
Conservation Status:

Encephalartos horridus is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Threats include habitat loss, illegal collection, and damage from fires and droughts.
Horticultural Use:

Encephalartos horridus is a popular cycad species grown for its unique, spiny foliage and architectural form.
It is often used in xeriscape and succulent garden designs in warm, dry climates.
Special care must be taken when handling cycads, as the seeds and other parts can be toxic if ingested.

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