An attractive, stout stemmed species, the white-haired cycad may branch from the base, or alternatively produce just a single stem (2). Despite their woody appearance, like all cycads, the stems are mainly comprised of soft, pithy storage tissue protected by a hard layer of old leaf bases (4). As the stems grow in height, they tend to lean over to settle on the ground, with just the crown curving upwards. The crown of the stem is covered with loose, brown wool, with the leaves held open at an angle of 45 degrees to the stem. The young leaves are soft and light bluish-green, but with age take on a more yellowish colour. No other species in the genus bears as many cones as the white-haired cycad, with the male plant able to produce as many as twelve cones, and the female plant up to six (2) (5).
- Stem diameter: 35 - 60 cm (2)
- Stem height: up to 4 m (2)