Family:
Zamiaceae
Scientific Name:
Zami spp
Toxins:
cycasin
Flower Color:
Found:
household, ornamental

Geographical Distribution

Coontie distribution - United States

Coontie

Zami spp

Camptie, Bay rush, Cardboard palm, Sago cycas, Yugulla, Mexican cycad, Florida arrowroot, Marunguey
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Zami are a genus of cycad of the family Zamiaceae, which are native to Mexico, the West Indies, and Central and South America. One species, Zami integritfolia is also found in Georgia and Florida. Zami are often kept as a houseplant and in subtropical areas, grown outdoors.

All parts of all Zami species are poisonous to poultry. It contains cycasin, an azoglycoside that causes liver and kidney failure.

Symptoms

  • Paralysis
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Coma