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Ceratozamia miqueliana

Ceratozamia miqueliana H. Wendl., Index Palm.: 68 (1854).
"TYPE: Mexico, Veracruz, W of Santiago Tuxtla, 5 July 1983, Stevenson 542F (neo NY, fide Stevenson & Sabato 1986)."[NY]

Etymology: Honouring Dutch botanist F.A.W. Miquel.

Historical notes: Named by noted French palm taxonomist H Wendland in 1854 and based on plants cultivated in European collections. No original type material appears to have been preserved, and a neotype was designated in 1986.

Distinguishing features: Broad thin leaflets with oblique apices and straight, not undulating margins.

Distribution and habitat: Chiapas, Veracruz and reported from Tabasco, Mexico, scattered populations ranging from sea level to 600 m alt, in mixed wet evergreen and deciduous forest.

Conservation status: Rare. 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants category V.
Photo Ken Hill
Photo Ken Hill


Plants acaulescent; stem 100 cm long, stem 20 cm diam.

Leaves 5-9 in crown. New growth emerging light green or bluish. Leaves light or bright green, semiglossy, 80-180 cm long, flat (not keeled) in section, with 10-18 leaflets; vernation straight; rachis not or slightly spirally twisted; petiole 30-50 cm long, unarmed.

Leaflets not clustered, lanceolate or ovate, asymmetric, broadest above middle, not falcate, weakly discolorous, thick or leathery; margins recurved; median leaflets 22-29 cm long, 40-65 mm wide.

Pollen cones yellow-green, narrowly ovoid-cylindrical or fusiform-cylindrical, 12-15 cm long, 3-4 cm diam.

Seed cones yellow-green, ovoid-cylindrical, 8-10 cm long, 5-6 cm diam.

Seeds ovoid.

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