Coontie; Florida Arrowroot
Zamia pumila / Cyad Family
Crystal River, FL
Dec. 12, 2009
As soon as we had unpacked our car, we headed to a hiking trail. Crystal River State Park had a nice, 3-mile Eco Trail. I was very excited to see this Coontie growing in the woods along the trail. I think my husband thought I had gone a little crazy when I started yelling excitedly, "There's a Coontie, I see a Coontie!" Of course, he had no clue what a Coontie is! :)
The plant is not a flowering plant, it is a member of the Cyad Family and looks like it would have been at home with the dinosaurs!