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Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 10 June 2011 in Plant & Nature.

Encephalartos horridus, a very decorative cycad. Until you get in touch with its sharp leaves!

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Yes! It does look sharp. The colouring is great in this. Draws the eye onto the sharp leaves.

10 Jun 2011 11:59am

@Philip: Careful!!! :-)

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

such amazing details!

10 Jun 2011 4:42pm

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Love the lighting! I need to get me one of these! the name alone is fantastic!

11 Jun 2011 1:36am

@Christine Walsh: A good plant dealer might help you out.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I was about to Comment that it looks like an aged species . . but so is a tulip !

12 Jun 2011 7:46am

@Ronnie 2¢: This one is older: it's a successor of the extinct family of seed ferns.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Wow and do they ever look sharp and dangerous. Photographed beautifully.

12 Jun 2011 12:53pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Touching them is quite an experience!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

OUCH! Beautiful processing in sepia which brings out many contrasts in the light and shadows.

13 Jun 2011 2:58pm

@Steven: A very big plant, almost man-size!