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Zamia pumila

COONTIE

FLORIDA ARROWROOT

Synonym: Zamia floridana

Florida native

 

There are two varieties of coontie in Florida. The east coast shown here and the narrow-leaf form found in the western and southern peninsula. Coontie is also found in the southeastern coastal counties of Georgia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Although poisonous, coontie was an important food source for the Seminoles and earlier Florida native tribes. Properly processed, the roots produced an edible flour -like starch. In the 1800's starch factories in South Florida contributed to the decline of the slow growing plant.

 
Zamia pumila is a member of the Zamiaceae - Sago-palm family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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