Ceratozamia hildae

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Figure 1. C. hildae leaf detail of a young plant.


Distribution & Habitat:

Deciduous cloud forest around San Luis Potosi and Quiretaro in eastern Mexico, between 900 and 1200m altitude.


A small cycad to about 15cm all, with leaves to about 1.5m long, with leaflets clustered along the rachis in groups of 2 or 3.


A very attractive plant which has become very popular with cycad enthusiasts. Almost extinct in its native habitat, due to pressure from plant collectors.


Warm, sheltered and moist. A fast grower, it can reach coning size in about 5 years from seed. Some people recommend that it be grown in a slightly alkaline mix.

Figure 2. C. hildae leaf detail
Figure 3. C. hildae female cone

Contributed by:

Michael Gray (Figure 1)
Ian Edwards (Figure 2&3)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums