Common Name: Zamia Fern
A plant growing in the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany
Photograph by: Daderot
Zamia fern is an evergreen cycad producing 1 - 7 leaves, each 100 - 200cm long, from the crown of a thick, underground, tuber-like stem[
The root was used by the Aborigines of Australia as a food, and the plant is occasionally grown as an ornamental.
The seeds are poisonous[
The plant is toxic to livestock[
Australia - northern Queensland.
Scattered in open situations in and around rainforest in north-eastern Queensland[
]. A common understorey plant of the wetter rainforests and their margins at low to moderate elevations[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a position in some shade, preferably dappled[
]. Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
A slow-growing plant[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The large, yam-like rhizomes are eaten by the Aborigines[
Seed - it can take 12 months or more to germinate[
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