Cardboard palm is a large, clump-forming, tropical cycad that is a native of interior southern Mexico. It has whorls of arching, evergreen, compound leaves with flattened, leathery leaflets. Newly emerging leaves are glossy and yellow-green or copper-green and gradually fade to rich green. This cycad is dioecious, which means separate plants have either male or female reproductive cones. Sex can be determined by cone shape, female cones are large and egg-shaped and male cones smaller. The female...
The compact, palm-like cycad, West Indian coontie, produces small mounded clumps of evergreen foliage that look great year round. This slow-growing native of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic spreads over time to form substantial clumps. It has whorls of arching, fern-like leaves with flattened, leathery leaflets. Newly emerging leaves are glossy. Coontie is dioecious, which means separate plants have either male or female reproductive cones. The male cones are smaller and pollen-producing...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Voodoo Palm, Zombie Palm)
The thatched leaf stems of zombie palm are lined with long, vicious spines that are said to be used as voodoo doll needles. This unusual, dryland palm is clump-forming and native to the Caribbean island of Hispañola, which houses the independent states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Wild populations are not common but typically found growing along dry, forested slopes and ridges. On occasion, specimens can be found in moister, lowland sites.
The many upright trunks of zombie palm are...