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Ceratozamia hildae


Bamboo Cycad

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionCycadophytaAll cycads—primitive palm-like plants
OrderCycadalesLiving cycads (most are extinct)
FamilyZamiaceaeCycas that are superficially palm- or fernlike

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Natives of Mexico (and now critically endangered there due to habitat loss), bamboo cycads don’t look very much like most other cycads. They come from a deciduous cloud forest around San Luis Potosi and Quiretaro in eastern Mexico, between elevations of 2953-3937' (900-1200 m). They are not found in the wild in the United States, but they are fairly common in gardens.

Identification: These cycads grow up to 4' (1.2 m) high. Male cones are up to 12" (30 cm) in length x 1½" (3.8 cm) around and yellowish brown; female cones are somewhat shorter and wider, nearly cylindrical, and olive green. Each stem is up to 4' (1.2 m) long, with 20-50 leaflets. Each leaflet is 4-10" (10-25 cm) long.

Online References:

Ceratozamia hildae at the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia

Ceratozamia hildae on The Gymnosperm Database

Ceratozamia hildae at the Palm & Cycad Society of Florida’s Plant to Palm site

Ceratozamia hildae on Desert-tropicals.com

Ceratozamia hildae on www.cycad.org (PDF)

Ceratozamia hildae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Ceratozamia hildae (Bamboo Cycad)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 6½ × 4' (2.0 × 1.3 m)

Range: Zones 9-11:

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