This member of the Cycadaceae
family was given this name by
Joseph Nelson Rose in 1909. It is found
in Oaxaca state in Mexico at 1000-1500 metres, growing in a rich
organic soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 40
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to five centimetres in
cones are pale brown for the female, greenish brown for the male..
name purpusii, is honour of Carl Albert Purpus, a renowned
plant collector in the early 1900s.