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Cycad, Zamia Fern

Bowenia spectabilis

Family: Stangeriaceae
Genus: Bowenia (boh-WEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: spectabilis (speck-TAB-ih-liss) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thousand Oaks, California

Anahola, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 18, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of the more tropical looking cycads that does well in So Cal, this is an unusual genus of cycads in that they look more like 'ordinary' leafy plants. Their caudex is subteranean and the leaves just shoot out of the ground one at a time. This species produces smooth, shiny, deep green leaves in a relatively symetrical pattern. It is prone to mealy bug and scale in the greenhouse. It is an Australian native. Like all cycads, it is a cone producer. Small cones will pop out of the ground near the underground caudex.

And like all cycads, polllinators are important in the getting of the pollen from the male plant to the female plant. Unfortunately, very few, if any, insects in the US act as alternate pollinators, so to reproduce these plants, we humans have to do the ... read more

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