Cardboard Palm - Knowledgebase Question

Durham, NC
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Question by DickCastor
July 17, 1998
Some time back purchased a small plant at a local grocery. Had no idea what it was, but very small cost. It obviously is some sort of palm. After several months it started sprouting new leaves from the center - some are now up to 20 inches tall. Today I saw one at "Home Depot" with a tag on it that said "Cardboard Palm" - but no other information. Can you tell me a little about it, and guide me for further info? Seems to be nothing in our plant books.

Answer from NGA
July 17, 1998
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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