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Which Cycad Species Am I?

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palmsOrl

I picked up this little cycad from a small farmer’s market under an overpass in Downtown Orlando around 1997.  The vendor told me that it was a somewhat rare species, but I lost the tag like 20 years ago.  It has followed me wherever I go ever since, growing at a truly glacial pace in the process.

The currently battered appearance of the plant is due to the recent move and it will probably take years to regrow that many new leaves.  Can anyone ID the species?

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Chris Chance

My guess would be Zamia pumila. 

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palmsOrl

Also, since I am asking about the above, am I correct that this cycad is “cardboard palm”, Zamia furfuracea?

 

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palmsOrl

I would say you are right, Chris!  Anybody have a differing opinion?

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Meangreen94z

I would just cut the unwanted fronds off. In fact if you cut them all off at the caudex, the cycad will typically flush new ones sooner than otherwise. 

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palmsOrl

Thank you for the advice, that is just what I will do.

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cycadjungle

That's just a Florida coontie and a cardboard. To non cycad people, coontie is a rare plant. The current approved name for a coontie is Zamia integrifolia.

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palmsOrl

Yeah, I had Googled it, and seen that Florida coontie is also found in parts of The Caribbean under the name Z. pumila, but mine is probably the Fl variant, Z. integrifolia.  Not rare, by any stretch, but I like to collect Fl native plants so i am glad to have it.

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cycadjungle

Florida coontie is not also in the Caribbean. There are all kinds of pumila types in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cayman, but they are not Florida coontie.

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GeneAZ
17 hours ago, cycadjungle said:

Florida coontie is not also in the Caribbean. There are all kinds of pumila types in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cayman, but they are not Florida coontie.

This is the one I grow.   I've been told it's called "Crystal River."

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Dr Sha
18 minutes ago, GeneAZ said:

This is the one I grow.   I've been told it's called "Crystal River."

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Beautifullllllll!

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Chris Chance

Here's mine in inland southern California. Definitely is a female as it always pops out a bunch of cones in the summer. It's busy starting to flush now.

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cycadjungle

If you guys want some pictures, I can take a few, but I have plants of:

Palatka Giant

Stiff upright coontie ( grows great in Arizona heat)

St. Augustine

Dade county

Crystal River

Cedar Key

Zamia integrifolia Var. broomei.   (Fanning Springs)

Ocala

Assorted undocumented types

 

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yeye

It would be great Tom to compare look of these differents localities form !

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palmsOrl

I also would like to see what all of those varieties look like.

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