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mgh wrote at 2007-10-31 16:25:48
Not to be contentious, but the plant looks more like Zamiaculcus zamiafolia ("Zz plant") to me.  Also a neat plant, but with somewhat different care (Zz takes a little more water/feeding and grows faster in my experience).  As the name suggests, Zz looks very much like Zf, but is quite unrelated.  To my eye, the two are best differentiated by Zz's shinier leaflets and usually more vertical "stance." All I can suggest is to google for photos of both and decide for yourself.  Time will tell: grown well, Zz will produce an arum lily-like inflorescence, and probably sooner than the Zf's long, thin cones, the signature of any cycad.

A great plant in either case...

MemyselfnI wrote at 2007-12-06 18:55:15
OOps...the plant shown is Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly known as a ZZ plant.

Lindsey wrote at 2008-11-25 01:50:06
I think this looks more like a zz plant than a cardboard palm. a cardboard plant will have rough almost brown leafs. It looks to me like a zz plant which have more waxy smooth leafs. Though I've never seen one lean over like that. zz stands for Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Adam wrote at 2011-12-14 05:03:07
I think you will find that is actually a Palm Arum (Zamioculcus zamifolia). A  great indoor plant!

Shad burns wrote at 2014-09-06 20:30:38
The 'second plant' pictured above is a ZZ plant or Zanzibar Gem, native to Africa.

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