Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The following pictures are of the Zamiaceae that we uncovered at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce Florida today. Descriptions will be above each picture set.

The following three pictures are of the Zululand Cycad ( Encephalartos ferox ) that is originally from South Africa. This Cycad can grow as large as 4 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide. The Zululand Cycad is happy in full sun to light shade, but it does the best in partial shade. A really great feature of the Zululand Cycad is that it is fire-retardant and resistant to Deer. I would have to say watch yourself around this one because it is sharp.





The following two pictures are of the Spiny Dioon ( Dioon spinulosum ) or the Gum Palm. This Cycad is originally from Mexico. The Gum Palm can grow to heights of twelve feet tall and may be as wide as twelve feet. The Spiny Dioon is happy in sun to partial shade.



The following two pictures are of the Bamboo Cycad ( Ceratozamie hilde ). The Bamboo Cycad is originally from Mexico. The Bamboo Cycad can grow to heights of eight feet tall and as much as ten feet wide. The Bamboo Cycad is happy from full shade to sun. The Bamboo Cycad is also resistant to Deer.



The following two pictures are of the Cycad ( Dioon mejiae ). This Cycad is originally from Honduras. This Cycad can grow to heights of four feet tall and reach about four feet wide. This Cycad ( Dioon mejiae ) is happy in sun to partial shade. Watch out for this one too, it is also very sharp.

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