The Blyde river cycad is a subterranean dwarf species that form crowns just above the ground. Leaves are blue-green, maturing to a yellow-grey. Female cones are egg-shaped, 18 - 20 cm long and light green, becoming yellow-green as they mature.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Harvest seed when colored and mature.
Naked seeds grow on female plants and need pollen from male plants to be fertile. Sow fresh fertile seeds in sandy soil and keep warm and moist. Germination can take 1-3 months.
Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.
South Africa. It is indigenous to the Blyde River Canyon area.
Summer rainfall Sub-Tropical Areas
Soil PH preference
The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!