DescriptionA small to medium sized cycad which develops a trunk to 1 m tall and 25 cm diameter.
Mature LeavesNumerous, obliquely erect, 1 - 2 m long, stiff, rigid, dark green, broadest near the middle and tapered to each end, flat in cross-section, straight in profile.
Male Cones30 - 80 x 8 - 10 cm, long-cylindrical, light brown.
Female Cones30 - 50 x 20 - 30 cm, ovoid, greenish, grey, densely hairy.
Seeds3.5 - 5 x 3 - 4 cm, ovoid, the sarcotesta roughened, cream or white.
Distribution and HabitatOccurs in Honduras and has also recently been collected in north central Nicaragua. In Honduras it grows in a dry rocky canyon at an altitude of about 750 m.
NotesSeedlings of this species are similar to those of D. spinulosum but have a prickly petiole. The seeds have an unusual tail-like appendix on the chalazal end.
CultivationSuited to tropical, subtropical and perhaps temperate regions. This species has been reported as surviving temperatures down to - 5 C. Dioon mejiae is one of the more commonly grown members of this genus. It is a very hardy species which will withstand considerable exposure to sun as well as some dryness of the roots.
PropagationFrom fresh seed, or from suckers which are freely produced and transplant readily.
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