COSTILLA DE LEON
Also Known As
Costilla de León
Palma de Camote
Piña del Monte
Ceratozamia mexicana var. robusta
One of the Spanish names for this plant in Mexico is Costilla de Lion, which translates to Rib of the Lion. It has such a beautiful fruiting body. It is the largest species within the genus and is native to Belize, Guatelama, and parts of Mexico. It is currently a protected, endangered species. Populations have "declined at least 50% within the last 20 years." You will occasionally encounter this rarity at some south Florida botanical gardens. I snapped these photos at the Palm Arboretum in St. Pete.
MAIN PHOTO: June 6, 2017, St. Pete, Florida.
NATIVE TO: Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.
CONSERVATION: IUCN writes, "Endangered. 10-12 locations. Population of mature individuals: 2500 to 6000. Although widespread, there has been a general decline in all populations that have been monitored over the past 20 years. The decline is estimated to be at least 50% over the past 20 years (<1 generation). It is likely that the taxon will be further segregated in future and some of the resulting taxa may qualify for Critically Endangered status."
 IUCN, iucnredlist.org