Cardboard palm, Cardboard Cycad, Cardboard Plant, Cardboard Sago, Jamaican Sago, Mexican Cycad;
Plant with underground trunk, leaves with 12-13 pairs of leaflets, oblong-obovat, margin toothed in upper half, petiole prickly; female cones elongate-ovoid up to 12 cm long with hexagonal scales.


GYNMOSPERM FORTNIGHT (1-14 Dec2013)[My last post]: Zammia sp for ID from Uttarakhand_DSR_21 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This Jamia sp is widely planted as an ornamental plant in lawns and pots. Not able to determine which species is it. Please suggest ID.

Looks like Z. furfuracea

Yes Sir. The earlier posts on Zamia also indicate it as Z.furfuracea. I am taking it asZamia furfuracea L.f. ex Aiton. The correct spelling is Zamia, not Zammia, as written in my posting; sincerely regretted.

Yes this looks like Zamia furfuracea.


Zamia furfuracea L.f.,
plant with underground trunk, leaves with 12-13 pairs of leaflets, oblong-obovat, margin toothed in upper half, petiole prickly; female cones elongate-ovoid up to 12 cm long with hexagonal scales.


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae fortnight-Arecaceae 15 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
mailing few shots of Zamia furfuracea.
Please confirm or correct me.

Zamia resembles, in external morphology, to palms but a member of very different group ‘Gymnosperms’.


NA 05/07 Identification of the plant : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Required id of the attached plant picture
Location: Thane, Maharashtra

It seems Zamia species.

Thank you Ma’am.. Possibly Zamia furfuracea!?

I think … is right, it is Zamia furfuracea (Cultivated)

Yes, it does look like http://www.plantillustrations.org/illustration=175276

Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight SN 40 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Lodd.Engl.ornamental succulent herb from Bangaloregardens, poisonous.

This photo is not a Zamioculcas. Instead this is a Cycad, probably Zamia furfuracea – the Cardboard Cycad.

Yes this is a gymnosperm, Zamia most likely furfuracea.

Yes … These two pics are of Zamia furfuracea (Zamiaceae) a Gymnosperm.
Please see my post of Zammia in eFI.

Thank you sir, I don’t have much experience in ornamental plants..

Zamia furfuracea L.f. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Kalimpong, West Bengal, India
Date: 23 May  2017

Altitude: 4000 ft.

Zamia from Panchkula – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Zamia from Panchkula: From Panchkula Cactus Park
Date/Time-  24 feb 2010
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-  Panchkula Haryana Cactus Park
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb Shrub
Height/Length-  1- mts

This is one of  “living fossil” plants, its kind surviving on earth since the time of the dinosaurs. it is known as Cardboard palm belongs to the Cycad family (cycad is greek for “palm” to which most cycads bear resemblance).

–  This is a gymnosperm belonging to the order Cycadales the oldest group if gymnosperm in the world. Please read from the link hope it will give lot of informations and interesting too. if you need anymore informations please mail be back i will be happy to provide you more relevant informations regarding cycadales.

– Adding some more pics of the same

ornamental-4 from Hooghly 20/11/12 sk:

This is yet another ornamental from the same private compound in Hooghly.
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : ornamental plant, about 5 feet
Date : 12/11/12, 11.26 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

This is a Gymnosperm.. a Cycad…. Zamia furfuracea most probably…

Yes this looks like Zamia furfuracea, the Cardboard Palm,

Thank you very much …, after receiving the ID from … i found many similar pics in the net.


Zamia furfuracea L.f. ex Aiton
Native to eastern Mexico.
After Cycas revoluta, this is probably the most popular cycad species in cultivationall parts of the plant are poisonous to animals and humansWikipedia.
in garden of a resort in Pune’s Maval region on 26 JUN 10 

Gymnosperms fortnight :: Zamiaceae::Zamia furfuracea in Mumbai:: PKA16: : 1 image. 3 posts by 2 authors.
Zamia furfuracea From Mumbai.

GYMNOSPERMS FORTNIGHT :: Zamia/Microzamia from Panipat-NS 22 : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This one was also shot from a nursery in Panipat.. please help to reach specific id..
We finish the job by telling Zamia, when someone asks..

Looks like Zamia furfuracea to me.

I think yes
Zamia furfuracea

Thanks again … for getting the id resolved…

Attached are pictures of cones of Zamia furfuracea from a cultivated garden in Mumbai captured in November 2012.
Requested to please validate ID, if possible. 

I think yes
Nice photograph.

Attached are pictures of cones of Zamia furfuracea from Hiranandani Heritage Garden, Mumbai captured in January 2012.
Requested to please validate ID, if possible.

Any pictures of leaves?

Unfortunately no pic of leaves. However I plan to go the site next month and will post the pics of leaves.

Zamia furfuracea :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
TMC Biodiversity Park Thane
Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl

Zamia furfuracea  L.f. ex Aiton

Help ID :  Attachments(1)
A few species for you to help me id.
3.Image 0259 – Shot at Digboi

Image 0259- Zamia (gymnosperm)

Third is: Zamia pumila L. Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 2: 1659. 1763
Type: Lectotype = “Palma Prunifera humilis non spinosa Insulae Hispaniolae, fructui jujubino similis, ossiculo triangulo” in Commelin, Hort. Med. Amstelod. Pl. Rar., 1: 111, t. 58, 1697

Image is not clear.

It may be Zamia furfuracea
Cones will help further.


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