Ceratozamia microstrobila

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Figure 1. C. microstrobila


Distribution & Habitat:

Comes from a single mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental in San Luis Potosi state, Mexico. They grow at an altitude of about 850m in a transitional woodland between mixed deciduous cloud forest and oak woods on limestone.


A small, acaulescent plant with a small crown of 2-4 glossy green leaves to about 70cm long, with 20-30 broad, thin leaflets. New leaves are bronze to chocolate brown.


Likes a shady, well drained position.

Figure 2. C. microstrobila leaf detail.

Contributed by:

Helen Knowles (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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