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  Zamia inermis Vovides, J.D.Rees & Vázq.Torres
  Family Name : Zamiaceae

 
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Gymnosperms (Non-Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Cycad
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Veracruz
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a small cycad with underground or above-ground trunk, up to 30 cm tall and often unbranched.
      Foliage: Each crown has 10 – 25 mature leaves which are erect and arching, borne on 10 – 25 cm petiole. Petiole is smooth with a swollen and hairy base. Each leaf has about 50 – 65 linear-lanceolate leaflets (20 – 30 cm long and 0.9 – 1.5 cm wide). Cataphylls are present at the tip of the trunk, triangle shaped ( 4 – 6 cm long) and resembles scale leaves. The cataphylls act as a protection against damages from fire and herbivory.
      Reproductive Parts (non-flowering plant): Male cone is cylindrical to ovoid-cylindrical (9 – 19 cm long and 2.5 – 3 cm wide), light brown to blackish and occurs in cluster of 1 – 6. Female cone is barrel-shaped (13 – 20 cm long and 8.5 – 10 cm wide), brown to blackish and occurs in cluster of 1 – 3. Seed oval-shaped (1.5 – 2.2 cm long and 1 – 1.5 wide) with red to brown seed coat.
      Habitat :
      It is found growing near cliffs in deciduous forest, up to 300 m altitude.
      Cultivation :
      Seed formation and seedling recruitment are observed to be poor in the wild, suggesting that its natural pollinator may have become extinct.
      Etymology :
      Zamia, greek for azaniae, which means ‘pine-cone-like’, referring to the reproductive structures. Specific epithet inermis, in latin, means unarmed or lacking spines or pricks.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
  • References
    • Jones, D.L. 2002. Cycads of the World. Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape. 2nd Edition. United States of America: Smithsonian Institution Press. 456

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