Ceratozamia sp. El Mirador
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Distribution & Habitat:
Ceratozamia sp. El Mirador is not a valid species but a locality in the state of Veracruz. This locality is named for a small station/township that has been known and collected for years. Probably every herbarium with even a modest collection of cycad vouchers will sport an "El Mirador". It also happens to have been home for a while to Maxamilian and Purpus of Dioon fame.
It is a long, wide leaf Ceratozamia that is currently best attributed to C. mexicana. The petioles are characteristically armed with rather few, greatly reduced spines; the cones are huge; the leaflets long, attenuated, slightly broader than other mexicanans and the rachis arches; color is bright med green.
As for C. mexicana.
Jeff Chemnick (Text)
Doug Eckel (Figure 1)