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Zamia polymorpha D. W. Stevenson (syn: Zamia loddigesii Miq.)

Coarse, tough-textured herb; stem a rhizome, seldom visible above ground; leaves alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets narrowly elliptic, margin toothed, apex acute; of stiff and leathery texture; pollen and ovules/seeds produced on cone-like strobili.

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The strobili are inhabited by curculionid weevils which effect pollination, presumably in a fashion similar to that documented for other species of Zamia.