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Zamia vasquezii

Zamia vasquezii
©Craig Nazor

Zamia vasquezii looks very much like a fern, until the cones that are produced in the spring indicate that this could only be a cycad. This Mexican species usually defoliates every winter in our climate, but it produces a new flush each spring and continues to grow until the first hard freeze. They prefer light shade and regular watering, at least twice a week during our hot summers. Our alkaline soils are no problem for this tough little plant. The pictures below show a male cone and a ripe female cone filled with the attractive red seeds.

Zamia vasquezii male cone
©Craig Nazor
Zamia vasquezii female cone with seeds
©Craig Nazor

class: Cycadopsida / order: Cycadales / family: Cycadaceae / genus: Zamia / species: vasquezii

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