The cycad is a small tree, growing to about 10m (30 feet) in height, with a trunk diameter of up to 400 mm. The bark is grey and distinctively fissured into rectangular, or diamond-shaped, segments. The leaves grow from the crown – bright green, glossy, palm-like fronds, 1.5–2.5 m (5-7.5 feet) long, with 150–200 leaflets on each frond. The spiny petiole is 350–600 mm (1-1.5 feet) long.
The male plant's strobilus, or cone, is oblong-ellipsoidal, 300–600 mm long, orange in colour and foetid in odour. The female's megasporophylls are about 300 mm long, fleshy, brown and densely hairy, with the fertile area about 35 mm (7 inches) wide. The seeds are 45 mm long and 30 mm wide, ripening from green to an orange- or reddish-brown colour.
|Hardiness||Keep above 0°c |
|Sun||Light shadow / sun|