The trunk might be a bit too
skinny for a caudiciform.
This member of the
family was given this name by
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius and August Wilhelm Eichler in
1863. It is found
in the coastal plains and foothills of the Cordillera Occidental in
Ecuador, Acre, Brazil and South-western Colombia as well as in Peru
(Loreto province) and in south-western Colombia. It grow from 300 to
1000 metres height, in a rich soil with
quite some water and little to some sun. The stem can grow to
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 400 centimetres in
cones are brown.
genera name from the Latin zamia, for 'pine nut'. The species
name after Eduard Friedrich Poeppig, 1798-1868, a
German botanist, zoologist, and explorer from Leipzig who first
collected the species during an expedition to Brazil and Peru.