From southern Mexico. Related to sago palm (Cycas revoluta) and similar to it in appearance and very slow growth. Trunk usually 1 feet high (46 feet in great age) and 1 feet thick. Leaves are carried in a whorl at top of trunk; they are 36 feet long, divided featherwise into 15 to 20 pairs of foot-long, inch-wide leaflets. Striking in container or protected place in open ground. Protect from frosts. Not browsed by deer.