Zamia purpurea

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Figure 1. Z. purpurea leaf with natural insecticide.


Distribution & Habitat:

Tropical evergreen forests of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico


A small cycad, up to 0.5m tall. Leaves to 0.8m long, reddish brown when young.


Although only recently described (1983), this plant has become very popular amongst collectors because of its colourful new leaves, so much so, that it has become seriously endangered in the wild.


A sheltered, well drained spot in the tropics/sub-tropics.

Figure 2. New leaf of Z. purpurea

Contributed by:

Lou Randal (Figure 1).
Michael Gray (Figure 2)


External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums