'Dioon Edule' Zamiaceae Mexico and Central America Plant Ø18cm Pot #10380
'Dioon Edule' Zamiaceae Mexico and Central America Plant Ø18cm Pot
The Dioon Edule plant is a cicade of the Zamiaceae family, where it is known as the Palm de la Virgen. The species is native to the forests of the Mexican Sierra Madre Orientale. Genre: Dioon. Family: Zamiaceae. Habitat: Mexico and Central America. Cultivation: It prefers the positions in full sun, with regular and frequent watering (every 2-3 days). The young specimens remember a fern, as the mature plant takes on the appearance of a small palm. Curiosity: The name Dioon in Greek means "double egg" and refers to a peculiar characteristic of the female cones of these plants, which gift each endowed with two eggs attached one next to the other. While it is slow growing, its compact crown with many stiff, flat, bluish green leaves gives the plant a beautiful appearance even as a small seedling. It also makes a particularly nice potted plant and can easily be trained as a bonsai. The stem can reach heights of 3 m, 25-30 cm of diameter. The 1.0-1.8 m long leaves, pinnate, bright green, are arranged in a crown on the top of the stem. Each leaf is composed of 70-150 lanceolate leaflets, 5-10 cm long, which are inserted at 90 ° on the central rachis; the basal ones, near the petiole, are transformed into thorns. It is a dioecious species. The female cone has the appearance of a large pinecone, composed of oval-shaped scales usually carrying two large seeds, yellow in color and appearance similar to a corn grain. The evil cones are spindle-shaped, 15-40 cm long. It is resistant to frost to about -6 C !