Zamia furfuracea

Zamia furfuracea L. f.

Common Names: Cardboard Plant, Cardboard Sago, Cardboard Cycad, Mexican Cycad

Family: Zamiaceae

Habit: Zamia furfuracea grows from an underground vertical stem 20-50 in length and to 20 cm in diameter.  Leaves are produced from the top of the tuber.  The leaves are pinnately compound, to 150 cm in length and covered with green, pubescent hairs when young.  The leaflets are narrow, to 20 cm (typically shorter) in length and to 5 cm in width, with a slightly toothed apex and an entire margin (occasionally irregular).

Zamia furfuracea is dioecious producing cones from the top of the tuber. Microsporangiate cones are solitary or in groups, to 15 cm in length and 2 cm in diameter. There are 15 – 20 series of peltate hexagonal structures underneath which are the microsporagium.

The megasporangiate cones are solitary, to 20 cm in length and 4 cm in diameter.  There are 5-8 series of peltate hexagonal structures underneath each ovules are located. The entire structure is covered with reddish hairs.

Habitat: Zamia furfuracea grows Human Altered environments (yards, gardens, house plants).

Distribution: Zamia furfuracea is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago. It is native to eastern Mexico but is grown globally in tropical and subtropical regions.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage:Zamia furfuracea is not used medicinally or culturally in the Bahamas.

It is grown as an ornamental.

The seeds are toxic!