ETHNOBOTANY OF CYCADS
Nadia Audhali and Dennis Stevenson
- Various cycad species are used as food, ceremonially, and/or for ritual and medicine.
- When used as a food, the trunk, root, seeds may be used as a source of starch.
- Processing involves a combination of some or all of washing, fermentation, cooking and aging.
- For examples of use and preparation by area, habitat or taxon, click on links below or on the map on the right.
- Africa: Cycas, Stangeria, Encephalartos
- Australia: Cycas, Macrozamia, Lepidozamia, Bowenia
- Asia (China/Rest of Asia): Cycas
- Mexico/Honduras: Dioon, Zamia
- Cuba: Microcycas, Zamia
- Colombia: Chigua, Zamia
- North/Central/South America, Carribean: Zamia
- Mexico/Belize/Guatemala: Ceratozamia, Zamia
- Further reading and references.