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The caudex by Josef Cycas Perner,

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Female cones by Michele Dunham,

Wild plant by Giuseppe Mazza,

Author:  Stevenson, Sabato &  De Luca, 1998
Origin:  Northern Veracruz, Mexico
Soil:  Clayey - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  Brown Cones
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Little Chamal
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Zamiaceae family was described by Dennis William Stevenson , Sergio Sabato and Paolo De Luca in 1995-96 and published in 1998. It is only found in the Northern Veracruz, Mexico. It grows in open forests, in a clayey soil with some water and not much if any sun. The caudex-like stem will get ten centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres high. The leaves up to one meter. Both male and female cone are brown. As fare as I know, it can only be reproduced by it's red seeds.

The genera name from the Latin zamia, for 'pine nut'. The species name after Mario Vazquez Torres, a Mexican botanist.

Often confused with Zamia fischeri, which are less numerous in leaves (less than six), are less than 30 cm long, are reflexed, and have less than 12 pairs of leaflets.

There are less than 50 left in the wild.

The species name; vazquezii is in honour of Mario Vazquez Torres, the Mexican botanist who first discovered the species.

Male cone by Giuseppe Mazza,