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Cardboard Cycad (Male)

Zamia furfuracea


An unusual plant with a florescence like a corn cob. The corn-like thing is the male cone of a male plant. The female plant is separate and has a brown egg-shaped cone. The plant is pollenated primarily by a weevil! which is unusual and I think very cool. It belongs to the Family Zamiaceae and is a Cycad (and not a palm or a succulent). It is native to Veracruz, Mexico.


Garden area near the marina, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Cardboard Palm (male)
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

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DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

I am still looking for 2 unidentified species of yours...I hope I'll make it :)

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Hi Despina, you are my hero AGAIN!!! I am amazed how you find these things. I looked for hours and must have been totally off the map. Thank you!! And it is a native plant of Mexico and has such a weird biology and is pollenated by a weevil. Very cool. How precious and unique every living being is.

DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

Although I can't believe it myself, I just found the ID
(Sooooo happy! One more mystery solved, hahaha :)

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Hola Despina, have you ever seen one of these before? I can't find anything that looks like it. Is it some kind of succulent?

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Nassau, Bahamas

Spotted on Sep 22, 2012
Submitted on Nov 18, 2012

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