Even though Ken Hill considers this cycad to be synonymous with Cycas bifida and interprets it as part of "a hybrid swarm" between this species and C. multipinnata, we are listing it here as described by Dingyue Wang in CYCADS IN CHINA. Native to monsoonal forest along Yunnans Yuanjiang River valley, it has a highly distinctive appearance, sporting several tall, arching, bipinnate leaves to just over 4 m (14 ft.) long, supported by a short, mostly underground caudex. The leaflets have pretty, undulate margins and are held on short stalks or "petiolules". In cultivation, it appreciates a warm temperate or tropical climate with plenty of rainfall. It can sustain cool conditions but is not hardy to more than an occasional short freeze.