Common name(s): Cardboard cycad, Cardboard sago, Cardboard Plant
Scientific name: Zamia furfuracea
Plant family: ZAMIACEAE
Origin: Cardboard cycad, Cardboard sago, Cardboard Plant
Description: is a cycad with a distinctive appearance. It features stiff, flat, and palm-like leaves that are often likened to cardboard, hence the common name. The plant typically grows in a rosette form with a central crown of leaves. It is a slow-growing cycad that can develop a short trunk over time.
Growing Conditions: thrives in well-draining soil and is adaptable to various soil types. It prefers partial to full shade and is drought-tolerant once established. This cycad is well-suited for tropical and subtropical landscapes and can be grown both indoors and outdoors in containers.
Relation to Nehrling Gardens:
Location in Gardens: A1
Additional Information: Listed as endangered. Zamia furfuracea is not a true palm but belongs to the ancient group of plants known as cycads. It has been cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens and indoor spaces due to its unique appearance and low maintenance requirements. As a cycad, it is considered a living fossil, with a lineage dating back millions of years. It is important to note that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.