Encephalartos heenanii R.A.Dyer
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Local abundance: very rare
Red Data Book Information:
Status: CR A1acdC2a
Distribution: Ngwenya Ridge, Malolotja
In 1985, 100 plants were counted. In 1999, only 20 plants could be located. These plants are known from a locality where no recruitment seems to be taking place. A few years ago, this species was also found in a protected area in Swaziland but in very small numbers. Also known from South Africa. Threatened by illegal collectors.
Also known from South Africa
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Encephalartos heenanii - Branching from base; trunks up to c 2,2 m high X 35 cm diam. Leaves with long brownish woolly hairs when young, becoming almost hairless, up to 1,3 m long x 20 cm wide; leaflets narrowly spaced or slightly overlapping, often slightly curved, middle leaflets up to 15 cm long X 1,5 cm wide. Male cones solitary on stalk c 9 cm long, oval, up to 30 cm long X 17 cm diam, with long shaggy brown hairs on end surfaces; female cones almost the same size and shape with similar hairiness.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.