Zamia imperialis is the red-emergent plant formerly known as Zamia skinneri "Red Emergent" from Panama. In a ground-breaking article in 2008, Professor Alberto Taylor along with Jody Haynes and Greg Holzman, identified and described the grooved leaf Zamias of Central America. This is the plant formerly known as Zamia skinneri.
Previously, it was thought there were two forms of Zamia skinneri, one with green-emergent leaves, and one with red-emergent leaves. Based on their extensive research, Taylor, Haynes and Holzman have now identified two different species: Zamia imperialis is the species with red-emergent leaves, and Zamia skinneri has green-emergent leaves. There are other important differences between these two plant species, which are more clearly explained in the article below.Although this plant is out of stock, you may want to substitute Zamia nesophila , which is a very desirable and similar plant, with a more robust growth habit and larger leaves.