Zamia (Cardboard Palm) Trivia Questions and Answers

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  1. What is the conservation status of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Vulnerable
    B: Endangered
    C: Critically Endangered
    D: Least Concern
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) is classified as Endangered by the IUCN.
  2. To which plant division does Zamia (Cardboard palm) belong?
    A: Angiosperms
    B: Bryophyta
    C: Pteridophyta
    D: Cycadophyta
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) belongs to the Cycadophyta division.
  3. Where is Zamia (Cardboard palm) endemic to?
    A: Western Mexico
    B: Southeastern USA
    C: Northeastern Brazil
    D: Southeastern Veracruz, Mexico
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) is endemic to southeastern Veracruz state in eastern Mexico.
  4. Which family does Zamia (Cardboard palm) belong to?
    A: Arecaceae
    B: Zamiaceae
    C: Fabaceae
    D: Rosaceae
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) belongs to the Zamiaceae family.
  5. How tall can the entire Zamia (Cardboard palm) plant typically grow?
    A: 0.5 meters
    B: 1.3 meters
    C: 2 meters
    D: 3.5 meters
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The whole plant typically grows to 1.3 meters tall.
  6. How wide can Zamia (Cardboard palm) plant grow?
    A: 0.5 meters
    B: 1 meter
    C: 2 meters
    D: 3 meters
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The whole plant typically grows to about 2 meters in width.
  7. How long can the leaves of Zamia (Cardboard palm) be?
    A: 20-50 cm
    B: 50-150 cm
    C: 100-200 cm
    D: 150-300 cm
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Each leaf can be 50–150 cm long.
  8. What is the length of the petiole of Zamia (Cardboard palm) leaves?
    A: 5-10 cm
    B: 10-20 cm
    C: 15-30 cm
    D: 20-40 cm
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The petiole of the leaves is 15–30 cm long.
  9. How many pairs of leaflets does each leaf of the Zamia (Cardboard palm) have?
    A: 4-10 pairs
    B: 6-12 pairs
    C: 10-15 pairs
    D: 8-16 pairs
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Each leaf has 6-12 pairs of extremely stiff, pubescent green leaflets.
  10. What shape do the leaves of Zamia (Cardboard palm) resemble?
    A: Bamboo shoots
    B: Pine needles
    C: Fern or palm fronds
    D: Oak leaves
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The circular crowns of leaves resemble fern or palm fronds.
  11. What toxic substance is found in all parts of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Ricin
    B: Cycasin
    C: Strychnine
    D: Hemlock
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: All parts of the plant contain Cycasin, which is poisonous.
  12. Which animals are known to be poisoned by the seeds of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Birds
    B: Small mammals such as dogs and cats
    C: Grazing cattle
    D: Fish
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The seeds are poisonous enough to kill small mammals such as dogs and cats.
  13. What kind of toxin besides Cycasin does Zamia (Cardboard palm) contain?
    A: A neurotoxin
    B: A cardiotoxin
    C: A cyanogenic toxin
    D: A hepatotoxin
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: It contains an unknown nervous system toxin.
  14. What is the reproductive structure found in the center of female Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: A flower
    B: A fruit
    C: A rusty-brown cone
    D: A seed pod
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The plant produces a rusty-brown cone in the center of the female plant.
  15. Is Zamia (Cardboard palm) a monoecious or dioecious species?
    A: Monoecious
    B: Dioecious
    C: Hermaphroditic
    D: Asexual
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) is a dioecious species with separate male and female plants.
  16. What insect primarily pollinates Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Bees
    B: Butterflies
    C: Cycad weevil Rhopalotria mollis
    D: Ants
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Pollination is done by the cycad weevil Rhopalotria mollis.
  17. What color are the seeds produced by female Zamia (Cardboard palm) plants?
    A: Green
    B: Blue
    C: Crimson
    D: White
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The seeds are brightly crimson-colored.
  18. What classification do the seeds of Zamia (Cardboard palm) fall under?
    A: Dry and lightweight
    B: Fleshy and brightly colored
    C: Hard and woody
    D: Transparent and small
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The seeds are fleshy and brightly colored.
  19. What makes germination of Zamia (Cardboard palm) seeds difficult?
    A: Lack of water
    B: Exposure to sunlight
    C: Slow and difficult germination process
    D: High soil pH
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The germination process is slow and difficult to achieve in cultivation.
  20. Why is the Zamia (Cardboard palm) species classified as Endangered?
    A: Natural predators
    B: Illegal collection in the wild
    C: Climate change
    D: Diseases
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Many plants sold for horticultural use are illegally collected in the wild.
  21. What can be inferred about the care of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Difficult and high-maintenance
    B: Requires full shade
    C: Easy to care for
    D: Only grows in sandy soil
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: This plant is easy to care for and grows well in a variety of conditions.
  22. Where can Zamia (Cardboard palm) grow besides full sun?
    A: Deep shade only
    B: Constant wet conditions
    C: Full sun or partial shade
    D: Only indoor environments
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: They do well in full sun or partial shade, but not in constant deep shade.
  23. What type of soil is best for Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Rocky soil
    B: Sandy soil without drainage
    C: Moist, well-drained soil
    D: Heavy clay soil
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: It grows best in moist, well-drained soil.
  24. How tolerant is Zamia (Cardboard palm) to drought?
    A: Very tolerant
    B: Not tolerant at all
    C: Moderately tolerant
    D: Can’t tolerate any drought
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: They are fairly salt- and drought-tolerant.
  25. What should Zamia (Cardboard palm) occasionally be fed with?
    A: Cactus food
    B: Palm food
    C: Organic compost
    D: Fish emulsion
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: They should occasionally be fed with palm food.
  26. What is the second most popular cycad species in cultivation after Cycas revoluta?
    A: Zamia integrifolia
    B: Zamia furfuracea (Cardboard palm)
    C: Dioon edule
    D: Encephalartos altensteinii
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Zamia furfuracea (Cardboard palm) is the most popular after Cycas revoluta.
  27. In which regions is Zamia (Cardboard palm) grown as a houseplant?
    A: Tropical regions
    B: Temperate regions
    C: Desert regions
    D: Arctic regions
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: In temperate regions, it is commonly grown as a houseplant.
  28. How are Zamia (Cardboard palm) typically grown outdoors in subtropical areas?
    A: In hanging pots
    B: As a climbing plant
    C: As a container or bedding plant
    D: Under a canopy
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: In subtropical areas, it is grown as a container or bedding plant outdoors.
  29. What does the binomial name “furfuracea” mean?
    A: Pine nut
    B: Mealy or scurfy
    C: Palm leaf
    D: Crimson seed
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Furfuracea means “mealy” or “scurfy”.
  30. What precaution should be taken against extreme cold for Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: It should be fertilized frequently.
    B: It should be protected or moved indoors.
    C: It should be watered more.
    D: It should be pruned.
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: It should be protected from extreme cold.
  31. How does the plant gain its name “Cardboard palm”?
    A: Because of its resemblance to cardboard
    B: Because of its surfboard-shaped leaves
    C: Because it superficially looks like a palm
    D: Because it grows better in cardboard containers
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Its growth habit superficially resembles a palm.
  32. What function do the scars on the trunk of Zamia (Cardboard palm) have?
    A: Moisture retention
    B: Indicator of plant age
    C: Help in seed dispersal
    D: Classification characteristic
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The trunk is marked with scars from old leaf bases, indicating the plant’s age.
  33. What is the average width of Zamia (Cardboard palm) leaflets?
    A: 1-2 cm
    B: 2-4 cm
    C: 3-5 cm
    D: 4-6 cm
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The leaflets grow 3–5 cm wide.
  34. How long can Zamia (Cardboard palm) leaflets grow?
    A: Up to 10 cm
    B: Up to 15 cm
    C: Up to 20 cm
    D: Up to 25 cm
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The leaflets can grow 8–20 cm long.
  35. What occurs to the leaflets of Zamia (Cardboard palm) towards the tips?
    A: They turn yellow.
    B: They become toothed.
    C: They fall off.
    D: They become smooth.
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Occasionally, the leaflets are toothed toward the tips.
  36. What is the plant’s primary mode of pollination?
    A: Wind
    B: Water
    C: Insects
    D: Self-pollination
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Pollination is primarily done by certain insects like the cycad weevil.
  37. What is the common name derived from the Latin “zamia”?
    A: Palm nut
    B: Pine nut
    C: Sea nut
    D: Ground nut
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The name “zamia” comes from the Latin word for “pine nut”.
  38. What type of plant is Zamia (Cardboard palm) falsely thought to be?
    A: A conifer
    B: A flowering plant
    C: A true palm
    D: A cactus
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Although it is not a true palm, its growth habit is similar to a palm.
  39. What kind of leaves does Zamia (Cardboard palm) have in full sun?
    A: Drooping
    B: Horizontal
    C: Erect
    D: Yellowing
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The leaves are erect when exposed to full sun.
  40. Name a common use of Zamia (Cardboard palm) in cultivation.
    A: Herb garden plant
    B: Container or bedding plant
    C: Ornamental bonsai
    D: Trellis climber
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: It is commonly used as a container or bedding plant.
  41. Which environmental condition can Zamia (Cardboard palm) not tolerate?
    A: Full sun
    B: Moist, well-drained soil
    C: Extreme cold
    D: Partial shade
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) cannot tolerate extreme cold.
  42. How should a non-lethal environment be maintained for Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Provide full shade only.
    B: Ensure extreme cold weather.
    C: Maintain in moist, well-drained soil and occasional palm food.
    D: Water excessively.
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Maintain it in moist, well-drained soil and feed occasionally with palm food.
  43. What kind of palms have similar appearances to Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Coconut palms
    B: Fern or palm fronds
    C: Date palms
    D: Fan palms
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The leaves resemble fern or palm fronds.
  44. How are the cones of male Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Smaller and pollen-producing
    B: Larger and seed-producing
    C: Brown and dry
    D: Green and fleshy
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: The male plants produce smaller, pollen-producing cone clusters.
  45. What type of sun exposure can this plant tolerate?
    A: Only deep shade
    B: Full sun to partial shade
    C: No sunlight
    D: Constant full sun only
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Zamia (Cardboard palm) does well in full sun or partial shade.
  46. What is a typical trait of the plant’s growth when it is young?
    A: Rapid growth
    B: Slow growth
    C: Height increase
    D: Increased leaf size
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The plant grows very slowly when young.
  47. At what stage does the growth of Zamia (Cardboard palm) accelerate?
    A: During the first year
    B: After the trunk matures
    C: In constant shade
    D: After extreme drought
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Growth accelerates after the trunk matures.
  48. What type of food should be given to Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Cactus food
    B: Flowering plant food
    C: Palm food
    D: Herb food
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: It should occasionally be fed with palm food.
  49. What can overwatering cause for Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Accelerated growth
    B: Fungal diseases
    C: Inceased leaf production
    D: Root rot
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: Overwatering can cause root rot in the plant.
  50. What element of Zamia (Cardboard palm) has aesthetic resemblance?
    A: Circular crowns of leaves
    B: Straight stems
    C: Flat roots
    D: Round seeds
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Circular crowns of leaves resemble fern or palm fronds aesthetically.
  51. What is the classification order of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: Fabales
    B: Cycadales
    C: Arecales
    D: Rosales
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: It belongs to the order Cycadales.
  52. What type of environment can Zamia (Cardboard palm) thrive in?
    A: Salty and drought-prone environments
    B: Extremely wet environments
    C: High-altitude areas
    D: Rocky soils
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: It is fairly salt- and drought-tolerant.
  53. What is the lifespan expectation for Zamia (Cardboard palm)’s leaves under shade?
    A: Become erect
    B: Grow horizontally
    C: Stay at full height
    D: Shorten in length
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The leaves grow horizontally in the shade.
  54. What is not known about the poisoning from Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: The toxic substance
    B: The symptoms
    C: The treatment
    D: The affected animals
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: No treatment for the poisoning is currently known.
  55. What causes immediate dehydration in Zamia (Cardboard palm) poisoning?
    A: Seed ingestion
    B: Flower contact
    C: Root exposure
    D: Leaf touching
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: The seeds cause immediate dehydration upon poisoning.
  56. How should people handle Zamia (Cardboard palm) seeds?
    A: With bare hands
    B: With gloves and caution
    C: With a shovel
    D: With watering cans
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Seeds should be handled with gloves and caution due to their toxicity.
  57. What is the primary appeal of Zamia (Cardboard palm) in gardens?
    A: Low maintenance
    B: Requires extreme shade
    C: Needs no nutrients
    D: Rarely needs water
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Its primary appeal is that it is low maintenance.
  58. What is the range of leaflet length in Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: 5-10 cm
    B: 8-20 cm
    C: 10-15 cm
    D: 12-18 cm
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Leaflets grow between 8–20 cm long.
  59. What is a common name for Zamia (Cardboard palm) that reflects its taxonomic classification more accurately?
    A: Cardboard sago
    B: Cardboard cycad
    C: Mexican fern
    D: Cardboard tree
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: A more accurate common name reflecting its taxonomy is the cardboard cycad.
  60. What is the height and breadth of the trunk of Zamia (Cardboard palm)?
    A: 10 cm both ways
    B: 20 cm both ways
    C: 30 cm both ways
    D: 40 cm both ways
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The trunk can be up to 20 cm broad and high.

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