Range: Honduras & Nicaragua
This spiny cycad is an unusually attractive garden plant that is easy to grow in South Florida. Cycads are ancient plants that existed long before dinosaurs. They bear pollen and seeds in cones, somewhat like modern pine trees. The teosinte cycad can live for several hundred years and grows to 40 feet tall in its native habitat. Its seeds are used for food, but only after they are processed to remove toxins.