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Palma Teosinte
Scientific Name: Dioon mejiae Standley et L.O. Williams
Synonym: Dioon edule, Dioon pectinatum
Family: Zamiaceae
Palma Teosinte (Dioon  mejiae) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 11-13,17,19-24
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 23F (-5C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in the hot desert

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Honduras, possibly in Nicaragua

Growth Habits: Very slow growing up to over 33 feet tall (10 m), 10 feet spread (3 m) thick trunk; pinnate leaves, up to 7 feet long (2 m); smooth-edged leaflets

Watering Needs: Moderate to abundant water, need good drainage, drought tolerant

Propagation: Seeds or offsets

The starch from the seed kernels is used as food in Honduras.
The species name honors the Dr. Isidoro Meijia, who collected the initial specimen.

Palma Teosinte (Dioon  mejiae)

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