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Zamia

Zamiaceae (Cycadaceae)
Palms and cycads

Of the 100 or so species, only the following two are generally seen. Slow-growing plants. Short trunks (may be completely or partially beneath the soil level) are usually marked with scars from old leaf bases. Circular crowns of leaves resembling stiff fern fronds or small palm fronds. Need organically enriched, fast-draining soil.

Zamia pumila
Zamia pumila

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Zamia pumila

From Florida, Cuba, and the West Indies. Grows to 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Short trunk is largely below the soil level. Fronds to 3 ft. long, with as many as 30 pairs of dark green leaflets to 5 in. long and 1 1/4 in. wide.

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