This is one of the more rare types of Dioons. For decades, no nursery could offer them for sale. But, about thirty years ago seeds were finally available and a few nurseries were able to grow them. The reason for the shortage was that locals in the habitat of the Puebla region in Mexico strictly prohibited viewing the plants or collecting seeds. There it’s in a high elevation habitat in full sun. The hallmark of the species is the presence of widely spaced and rather thin leaflets. Leaf length is about four, perhaps five feet. Hundreds of years old trunks can get up to ten feet tall. This is a full sun species for most areas with a cold hardiness of about 20 degrees F.
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