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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -2
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low
  • FAMILY Zamiaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large shrub-small tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Loam
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Highly salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS

Zamia furfuracea
(cardboard plant, Mexican cycad, cardboard sago, cardboard palm)

At maturity, the tree is almost as tall as it is wide. The 3 to 4 foot leaves radiate from a rosette located atop the trunk. The compound leaflets are thick, leathery and slightly pubescent. The trunk is short, stout and marked with persistent scaring from old leaves. The female plants produce bright red seeds while the male develops a pollen producing cone. Cycads are more than 300 million years old, some call the family "living fossils". This ancient family dominated the landscape during the Jurassic period. One common name, cardboard palm, gives one the impression this is a palm when in fact it is a primitive cycad. The species is endangered due to over-harvesting in the wild. It is a commonly cultivated tree but extremely rare to see growing in its native habitat in Veracruz, Mexico.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Container plant
  • Ornamental
  • Indoor plant

Dangers

Thorns-Spines|Toxic to animals|Toxic to humans