Agenbag, L. & Bösenberg, J.D.
Qualifies as Critically Endangered due to its very small extent of occurrence and area of occupancy (both well under 10 km²), occurrence in effectively one location, small population size (100-200 plants and possibly even fewer), and continuing decline.
This species occurs in a small area in the Msinga district, in the drainage area of the Buffels River, which runs into the Tugela, east of Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. Occurs at an elevation of 900 to 1,200 m asl.
This species grows in short grassland on steep north-facing slopes, usually amongst boulders in scrub clumps. Plants are less commonly found on sandstone cliff faces, more or less in direct sunlight. Unconfirmed reports suggest that plants growing on different aspects had slight differences in leaf morphology.
E. msinganus is severely threatened due to poaching for ornamental purposes. Small cycad populations often experience reproductive failure and it is expected to occur in E. msinganus. Habitat destruction is also a general problem in the area.