Answer: The botanical name of your 'cardboard palm' is Zamia furfuracea. It's a native of Florida and Mexico. The short (6-inch), sometimes completely buried trunk produces a 2-4 foot crown of leaves. Each leaf has up to 13 pairs of oval leaflets with inrolled edges, giving the effect of a coarse, leathery fern. Zamia is slow growing and a good container plant. Give it bright light and very little food.
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