Zamia is a palm-shaped, evergreen semi-succulent plant with a bizarre growth form. It is easily recognized by its unique leaves. Zamias spread up to 2 m in diameter.
The natural habitat of Zamia is Mexico. The trunk of adult plants protrudes slightly above the ground, whereas the trunk of young plants is completely hidden. Gray or blue-green stems bend down to the ground, making a fluffy spherical shrub. The stems are 3 to 4 feet long (1-1.5 m). The leaf blades are pinnate, elongated, and leathery, with visible veins on the reverse side. They are little more than 8 in (20 cm) long (no more than 2,5 in (6 cm) wide. On a single stem, there are 12-14 pairs. The leaves have rusty-brown bristles on them.