Ceratozamia kuesteriana

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Figure 1. C. kuesteriana at Fairchild Tropical Gardens



C. eriolepis
C. angustifolia

Distribution & Habitat:

Only found in a small area of the Sierra Madre Oriental Range in southern Tamaulipas, Mexico. It grows in pine oak cloud forest, between 1000 and 1800 metres altitude.


A small cycad, with a slightly globose trunk, and leaves to about 1.5m long. The new leaves are quite an attractive bronze colour. It has smooth petioles, and very narrow leaflets.


A very attractive plant, quite popular with collectors.


A lightly shaded, moist, well drained position.

Figure 2. C. kuesteriana at Kew Gardens
Figure 3. C. kuesteriana at Kew Gardens
Figure 4. C. kuesteriana with new leaves, Kew Gardens.

C. kuesteriana in habitat, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Figure 5. C. kuesteriana in habitat.
Figure 6. C. kuesteriana
Figure 7. C. kuesteriana growing on limestone.
Figure 8. C. kuesteriana young new leaf.

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1)
Colin Wilson (Figure 2,3&4)
Gerardo Montelongo Ruiz (Figures 5,6,7&8)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums