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Encephalartos natalensis is relatively quick-growing palm-like cycad with an erect stem.
Leaflets are wide, deep, dark green and only have a spine or two at the tip. Some forms almost spineless.
Several of the species possess stout trunks. The persistent, pinnate leaves are arranged in a terminal spreading crown, or ascending. The rigid leaflets are variously spiny or incised along their margins. Male cones are elongated, and three or four may appear at a time. Female cones are borne singly, or up to three at a time, and may weigh up to 60 pounds (27 kg).
A showy hybrid of Erythrina crista-galli x Erythrina herbacea.
Erythrina bidwillii is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub to small tree when protected from frost can obtain the height of 20 feet. It flowers during the summer months a very attractive red pea shaped flower that stands out among the landscape. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Cold hardy to at least light freeze; the most cold hardy varieties of all erythrinas.