|Photo Ken Hill
|The Cycad Pages
- Ceratozamia morettii Vazques Torres & Vovides, "Novon 8(1): 87-90, fig. 1." (1998).
- "TYPE: Mexico, Veracruz, 7 Jan 1992, M. Vazquez-Torres & H. Barney 4097 (holo CIB, iso CIB, MECU, XAL)."
Honoring Professor Aldo Moretti of the Orto Botanico,
University of Naples, and a leading researcher on the cycads of the New World.
Named in 1998 by Mexican biologists
Mario Vazquez-Torres and Andrew Vovides.
Circinate leaf vernation, few leaves
with wide leaflets, short branched trunks.
Distribution and habitat:
A narrow endemic in Veracruz state, Mexico, growing lithophytically
on sheltered cliffs in
mixed evergreen and deciduous cloud forests in the Sierra Madre.
Not listed by the
1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants.
Plants acaulescent; stem 30 cm long, stem 8 cm diam.
Leaves 4-7 in crown. New growth emerging mid-green. Leaves light or
bright green, dull, 100-140 cm long, flat (not keeled) in section, with 24-50
leaflets; vernation circinnate; rachis not or slightly spirally twisted; petiole
45-60 cm long, unarmed.
Leaflets not clustered, linear, asymmetric, broadest above middle,
falcate, weakly discolorous, thin or membranous; margins flat, or incurved;
median leaflets 25-35 cm long, 27-48 mm wide.
Cataphylls 26 mm long.
Pollen cones yellow-green, fusiform-cylindrical, 10-15 cm long, 2.5-4
cm diam.; peduncle 5-7 cm long; microsporophyll lamina 10-12 mm long, 8-9 mm
Seed cones yellow-green, narrowly ovoid-cilindrical, 12-16 cm long,
4.5-5 cm diam.; peduncle 5-7 cm long.
Seeds ovoid, 15-18 mm long, 12 mm wide; sarcotesta white, aging to