This cycad grows among dolerite cliffs and rocky outcrops along the valleys of the Great Kei River in the Eastern Cape. It also occurs In certain localities along the Kabousie River in the Komga district. The habitat consist of thick, low bush and grass with hot summers and cool winters, but icy-cold on the higher grounds of the Stutterheim district. The foliage is blue-green, mostly exposed to full sun. The leaves become greyish-blue with age and reach up to 1.3m in length. Stems are erect or reclining up to 5m long.
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