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Distribution & Habitat:
It grows as an understory plant mainly from sea level to 300m in primary forest to well-established secondary forest on rocky to clay soils in north-eastern and coastal Colombia to central coastal area of Venezuela.
A small cycad with a stem to 15cm tall, 2-6 leaves up to 2m long. Leaflets are oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 15-20cm long and 2-4 cm wide, and the petiole is sparsely prickled. New leaves are an attractive bronze colour. Very similar in appearance to Z. lecointei.
Shady, well drained position.
Gregg Cuffe (Figure 1&2)
Colin Wilson (Figure 3)