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Zamia furfuracea or Cardboard Palm 50 -70cm overall

Zamia Furfuracea

Zamia furfuracea is also known as Cardboard palm.  Is a small cycad with a partly underground, simple or rarely branched, cylindrical trunk. Bears terminal whorls of semi-erect to spreading, pinnate leaves, to 1m long, each with up to 24 oblong or inversely lance-shaped to obovate, stiff, pale green leaflets, later olive-green, with red-brown hairs. Produces felted, red-brown female flower cones, 10-13cm long, usually in summer.

  • Max Height: 1m
  • Spread: 12m
  • Origin: Coast of E. Mexico
  • Family: Zamiaceae
  • Common Name: Cardboard Palm
  • Flower Colour: Brown
  • Water Requirement: High
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Salinity Tolerance: High
  • Sun Tolerance: High
  • Wind Tolerance: High
  • Water Requirement: Low
  • PH level: Basic
  • Pest Tolerance: High
  • Disease Tolerance: High
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Fragrance: No


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Introducing the Zamia Furfuracea, also known as the Cardboard Palm, a resilient and distinctive addition to any landscape. Originating from the coastal regions of Eastern Mexico, this small cycad boasts a unique appearance with its partly underground, simple trunk. Reaching a maximum height of 1m and spreading up to 12m, it offers a compact yet impactful presence.

Adorned with terminal whorls of semi-erect to spreading, pinnate leaves, each leaf stretching up to 1m long, this plant showcases up to 24 oblong or inversely lance-shaped to obovate, stiff, pale green leaflets. As they mature, the color transforms to a captivating olive-green, accentuated with subtle red-brown hairs, adding texture and visual interest to any setting.

In summer, the Zamia Furfuracea produces striking felted, red-brown female flower cones, measuring 10-13cm long, further enhancing its allure. With its high tolerance to drought, salinity, and wind, coupled with low water requirements, this plant thrives in various conditions, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned gardeners alike.

Not only does the Cardboard Palm exhibit exceptional pest and disease tolerance, but its slow growth rate ensures longevity and minimal maintenance. Bask in its resilience and beauty while enjoying its fragrance-free presence in your garden or indoor space.

Experience the allure of the Zamia Furfuracea – a botanical wonder that adds a touch of exotic charm to any landscape or interior setting.