Also known as
Malawi Cycad , Broodboom (Afr.)
Mulanje Cycad Overview
This cycad is indigenous to the Mulanje Mountains in the south-eastern parts of Malawi. It grows in rocky ravines and on the fringes of riverine forests. Female plants produce 2 - 5 cones. Cones are cylindrical, 62 - 65 cm in length, pink-brown in colour and are covered in fine red-brown hairs. Seeds are dark pink to red in colour.
Common problems with Mulanje Cycad
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Mulanje Cycad
Harvest seed as soon as mature and starting to loosen from the cone.
How to propagate Mulanje Cycad
Sow mature fresh seed in sandy soil.
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.
Special features of Mulanje Cycad
Other uses of Mulanje Cycad
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!