Photo: Alejandro F. Zarate
A robust, adaptable and quick growing plant with a short, clustering trunk and a compact crown of light green leaves.
Its common name refers to the very thick, felty, elliptic leaflets. The Cardboard palm is native to coastal areas
on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and has become a popular plant in the horticultural trade for its ornamental
qualities and its ease of growth (indeed, in many tropical places, it proliferates to such an extent that it is considered
a weed!). It can easily be grown in a pot indoors and is a great ground cover for a sunny border in the tropics and