These young, greenish female cones of Encephalartos transvenosus already have a good size. Scales lower down on the cones have bigger flat tops than those higher up. The sides of the scales are vertically ridged as seen from the top.
The cones are surrounded by petioles and lower leaf parts. Some lowermost leaflets are reduced to spines, although not on all the leaves in view. The small leaflets are curved down along their margins, while some are strongly curved down in their upper parts.
There are grey to pale brown, dry bracts on the stem patches and below leaf petioles. These bracts are long, tapering to acutely pointed tips and folded lengthwise (Hugo, 2014; Coates Palgrave, 2002; Van Wyk and Van Wyk, 1997).