Zamia is a genus of shrubs native to the Americas, particularly tropical areas. Of particular interest to gardeners is the Zamia furfuracea, or the cardboard palm a small, upright bush with thick leaves that radiate outward from its truck. Despite its name, the cardboard palm is not a palm tree its name comes from its growth habits, which are similar to those of palms. However, many species in the Zamia genus resemble palms, especially because of their turgid leaves. Cardboard ..