- Family: Zamiaceae
- Form: Evergreen, herbaceous gymnosperm, reaching 1-3 ft.
- Leaves: Pinnately compound, linear, highly variable, often twisted: parallel venation, leathery. Leaflets approx. 3 ft. long, and 4-6 in. length by 25 in. wide. Bearing 5-30 pairs of leaflets, dark green and glossy
- Stem/Bark: None
- Flower: Dioecious, staminate (male) long and slender. Pistillate (female) shorter and wider than male. Megasporophyll (holds seeds) and Microsporophyll (holds pollen). Length 3-6 in. Shape elongated
- Fruit: Naked seeds are formed in female cones and have a red to orange fleshly seed coat. Seed are approximately 1 in. long
- Comments: Zamia pumila is Florida ’s only native cycad. It can be distinguished from the non-native Zamia furfuracea by its narrower, twisted leaflets and overall smaller size
- Additional Resources: IFAS document (pdf)