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Considered rare in Panama and Nicaragua and vulnerable in Costa Rica, although local populations are healthy.
Distribution & Habitat:
Found from near sea level in Nicaragua (the type locality) to 1200 m in Panama. Usuall prefers understory situations in cloud forest.
Small plant with up to 5 leaves up to 1m (3 feet) long, and densely prickled petioles to 60cm (2 feet) long. Leaflets have entire margins, and long drawn out apices. Female cones green when mature.
Likes a shady, well drained position.
Helen Knowles (Figure 1,2,3&4)