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Zamia furfuracea

Zamia furfuracea

Zamia furfuracea , native to southeastern Veracruz, Mexico, is also known as the Cardboard Palm, due to its leavesí cardboard-like texture. It has a short, mostly subterranean trunk which can grow to 24-36 inches in diameter, often becoming multi-trunked. It rarely trunks very tall, even in mature specimens, due to its contractile roots which pull the caudex downward. Zamia furfuracea can reach a height of 4+ feet tall, a 6 feet leaf spread, with leaves 2-5 feet long.

Zamia furfuracea leaves emerge soft and light brownish-green, becoming stiff and light green, while retaining their tomentum (fuzz). The Cardboard Palm grows best in moist, well-drained soil. It prefers partial shade, particularly in dry climates. It can be grown in full sun in a humid environment. With many habitats near the ocean, this plant is salt- and drought-tolerant, but should be protected from frosts. Zamia furfuracea can be grown as a house plant and, in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climates, can be grown outside, as a container or in-ground plant.






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Zamia furfuracea