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Encephalartos horridus

 

Eastern Cape Blue Cycad

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionCycadophytaAll cycads—primitive palm-like plants
ClassCycadopsidaCycads
OrderCycadalesLiving cycads (most are extinct)
FamilyZamiaceaeCycas that are superficially palm- or fernlike
GenusEncephalartosBread palms, bread tree, or Kaffir bread because they produce a breadlike starchy food
Specieshorridus“Very prickly or bristly”

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Encephalartos horridus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 26 May 2010.

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Encephalartos horridus (Eastern Cape Blue Cycad)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA