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Zamia sp. ‘Alvarado’

Zamia sp. ‘Alvarado’This species is from a town in Mexico named Alvarado. It grows 350 yards from the ocean. It is a relatively cold-hardy zamia, with thick, leathery leaflets, which have a green-grey cast to them, which becomes more grey with additional sun.

The plants are descended from seeds donated by Loran Whitelock many years ago to Hawaiian botanical gardens. Below, you will see a scan of one leaf, which has flattened somewhat, as is has been placed on a scanner. The leaves are more of a V or keel-shaped.

According to some taxonomists, this plant is the original type specimen from which Zamia furfuracea was descirbed.

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Zamia sp. ‘Alvarado’