Zamia lacandona

From Pacsoa
Jump to: navigation, search
Welcome to the PACSOA Palms and Cycads wiki !

If you have any information about this plant, please help by updating this article. Once you are registered you can contribute, change, or correct the text, and even add photos on this page. Click on the edit tab above and play around. Any mistake can be easily corrected, so don't be afraid.

Figure 1. Z. lacandona near Palenque, Mexico.


Distribution & Habitat:

Rainforest of Eastern Chiapas, Mexico.


A small plant with a subterranean stem. 1-2 leaves up to a metre long, a rich brown colour when young, but eventually becoming bright green.

from Bob & Marita Bobick

This plant, while very similar to Zamia_splendens can be distinguished from it because Z. splendens has much broader leaflets, rounded at the edges, fewer in number, and is found West of Tuxtla Gutierrez halfway up the mountains in the area around San Fernando.


This species is named after the Lacondona Forest or Lacondona Indian Tribe which resides in this forest Southeast of Palenque near Bonampak.


from Bob &amp Marita Bobick

Both these species, Z. lacondona and Z. splendens, grow in extremely heavy shade. Flash photography is necessary to photo them. Both species grow in basically limestone rock, covered only by a few inches of clay formed by years of forest litter. The dense canopy, which both plants grow in keep the plants moist but not wet. At the University in Tuxtla, Gutierrez, we visited their collection of cycads which contains both of these species. We found them to be grown in pea-size pieces of limestone and sandstone rock. No organic matter was evident. These were growing in greenhouse conditions, they were hand-watered, and they looked great. When we inquired about their growing media, they responded with... "That is the way they grow in Nature."

For those of us who aren't prepared (or able) to go that far, a standard, moist, well drained mix in a shady, humid spot will suffice. Given their predilection for limestone, however, they might like the mix to be on the alkaline side.

Figure 2. Z. lacandona
Figure 3. Z. lacandona male cones

Contributed by:

Paul Craft (Figures 1,3&4)
Jan Andersson (Figure 2).
Bob & Marita Bobick (Text)


External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums