More Encephalartos arenarius blue form

More Encephalartos arenarius blue form


‘Blue arenarius’; A lot of growers call their arenarius blue-green but, there’s only one Encephalartos arenarius blue form. It’s always been a mystery; a story told amongst collectors. I hope to share with you what I know about the blue arenarius.

There have been several colonies of E. arenarius but one small colony found earned the name blue arenarius. People mistake them for a horridus, but when you look closely you’ll notice they have strong arenarius characteristics only an arenarius would have unlike a horridus.

Encephalartos arenarius blue form looks like a dwarf horridus on steroids with a glaucus blue color and one noticeable difference.  Encephalartos arenarius has leaflets with 4 lobes.  Encephalartos horridus has leaflets with 3 lobes.  This also applies to the blue arenarius.  Look closely at the photo gallery below to point out these noticeable differences.

Enjoy the photo collage below of different blue arenarius, close-ups of the leaves, leaflets, and cones.  Thank You to the grower that has taught me about the blue arenarius and shared these awesome photos !