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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Chamalilo Cycad

Botanical Name : Zamia vazquezii

Yay, finally matched this find to its proper name, thanks to the kind, learned folks at

A native of Northern Mexico, it's has a common name Chamalilo (Small Chamal or Dwarf)
The recently transplanted cycad fills the space, its new home, beside the Bottle Palm.  It has small elongated , dark green leaves with small irregular edges. The leaves are paired symmetrically.

Actually, it looks very much like a fern!  Unlike the fern, this one bears cones and the crown of leaves arising from the head of the cycad, it's no mistaking it for the former.

I can probably understand why it is often confused with Zamia fischerii - its difference not discernible to the  untrained eyes i.e. longer leaves with serrated edges, more pairs of leaflets, often developing multiple stems when mature and minute prickles on petioles (need a magnifying glass!)

The  leaves have a papery feel though less thick than the Cardboard Palm.

newly transplanted

young leaves in bronze
stems from the cycad

 This plant will bear cones and the female cones when ripen exposes striking bright red seeds.                                      


  1. Oh I would love to grow this variety of plant!! Thanks for the info.

  2. Hi rohrebot,
    It looks reasonably easy to grow (oops.. in Malaysia). The 'transplant' pic was taken less than 3weeks ago. Surprised to see new leaves already on my 2nd visit. Funnily, my 1st thought was that it was dying!!! ha22.
    All the best.