Friday, July 23, 2010

Zamia spartea

The red emergent Zamia sp. are unquestionably among the more beautiful cycads and this is one of my favourites. Zamia spartea is a small relatively low growing plant with long thin leaflets. It's a delicate looking plant and flushing orange is rather spectacular.

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This species is endemic to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Chiapas (and maybe the neighboring Oaxaca region) of Mexico. Even though its been known for over a hundred years its only been collected a few times since its discovery. As a result we know little about its status or reproductive health.

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This one is at least producing a healthy crop of male cones suggesting reproduction in captivity is not likely to be a problem.

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Maybe some day it'll be filling hellstrips throughout the tropics.

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