Zamia muricata

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Figure 1. Z. muricata in Anderson Park Botanic Gardens, Townsville, Queensland.


Conservation Status:

Not threatened

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.

Figure 2. Z. muricata female cones.
Figure 3. Z. muricata new leaf.

Contributed by:

Gregg Cuffe (Figure 1&2)
Colin Wilson (Figure 3)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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