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by Phil & Jesse Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This Central African cycad is medium sized with green leaves and a trunk height of one to two meters.  Native to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, there is variation is the appearance of the leaves and leaflets, leading to the thinking that there are actually many species in native habitat areas.  Taxonomists have concluded that all these different species or varieties are part of what is known as the "Manikensis Alliance".  As a group, all are green, fast growing and never get huge.  Comments below include information on this species and how to grow it in the garden. 


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Encephalartos manikensis

Encephalartos manikensis


This species is endemic to Mozambique and  Zimbabwe.  Its habitat consists of grasslands, sloping granite hills or mountain forest regions.  These areas get moderate to heavy annual rainfall.

Plant Size:  This species can vary in size, as there is conflict on the species itself.  Some taxonomists argue that there are up to five different species or cultivars (the E. manikensis alliance).  For simplicity, I will generalize the sizes.  Typical leaf length is about two meters.  Stems can reach heights of two to three meters, though this would take a very long time.  Stems tend to be solitary, but some plants produce basal suckers sparingly. 

Other Characteristics:    Encephalartos manikensis has olive to dark green foliage (some related species have different colors).  The long leaves and sprawling crown make for an impressive display.  Though this species is armed, the spines are typically soft and are mildly sharp.  Also, there is some variability to stem color (as shown in the photos).  Some stems are light colored, possessing fine white hair.  Others are more dark in appearance with dark woody scales.  Female cones are a bluish green and male cones are similar in color.

Culture:  This fast growing Central African species is well suited to coastal sun, and partial inland sun.  In desert areas, this plant requires shade or filtered light.  It does better in soil that drains well, but is fairly water tolerant (as many of the Central African varieties are). 

Landscape Usage:  This plant does need some space.  They have long leaves and stout trunks.  Though they do not get very tall, they are showy enough that they can make a statement all on their own.  They look great in tropical and water-wise gardens alike. 

Availability:  We typically can offer sizes from seedlings or small plants up to coning sized specimens.  At any given time we should have at least a hundred of this species available.  The sizes from bands up to 15g can be easily mail ordered.  Larger plants can be delivered by truck.

Pricing:  Encephalartos manikensis is a rare species but affordable.  Being a good grower in the ground, one will have a good sized plant in not too many years.  Examples of prices are listed below.
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Encephalartos manikensis

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Species Band 1G 2G 5G CitrusPot 7G 15G   25G $ Box $
Encephalartos manikensis   $45+ $55+ $75+ $150+ $ 150+ $250+ $400+   $650 inquire



We definitely have a great selection of this species.  Larger Encephalartos are sold by the inch of caudex size with some charge likewise for vertical trunk height.  If you are interested in larger specimen Encephalartos, contact us and we can quote large, coning sized plants.  We definitely have larger sizes than shown above. 

  Note:  All Cycads are Sold by Caudex Size, Not Container Size.
For example, a given pot size could have a smaller or very large plant in the same size pot.
This is why there are "+" signs next to prices.
But, prices above will give you an estimate of beginning prices of each size.






Nursery Location:

450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA  92024

Nursery Phone: 619 291 4605 Nursery Hours:

 Monday - Saturday  9AM to 4PM

Directions to Nursery: Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego). 
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
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