Zamia L.

First published in Sp. Pl., ed. 2.: 1659 (1763)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is SE. U.S.A., Mexico to Tropical America.

Descriptions

George R. Proctor (2012). Flora of the Cayman Isands (Second Edition). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Morphology Stem Caudex
Caudex subwoody or toughly succulent, more or less starchy, wholly or partly buried in the ground; leaves stiff and coriaceous, the segments parallel-veined and entire or toothed, often serrulate at the apex; petiole unarmed in Cayman species
Morphology Reproductive morphology Strobili
Strobili dense, many- scaled, oblong-cylindric to subglobose, the female larger and thicker than the male; scales stalked, peltate, more or less hexagonal, eventually deciduous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther sacs several per scale, sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary Ovules
Ovules 2 per scale, sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds drupe-like, angled.
Distribution
A tropical American genus of several variable species.
[Cayman]

Uses

Use
West Indian forms have been used as a source of starchy flour, from which a poisonous substance must be extracted before it is edible.
[Cayman]

Sources

  • Flora of the Cayman Islands

    • Flora of the Cayman Islands
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0