If you like gardens decorated with primitive plants, as are ferns, conifers or Cycas, we invite you to meet a botanical genus called Bowenia. Very similar in appearance to that of zamia, our protagonists have been on Earth for a long time, specifically, since the Eocene, some 56 million years ago.
It is not a very well known plant, but it is well worth getting a specimen since its maintenance is very simple, being able to be in areas where sunlight does not reach directly. Do we know it? 😉
Bowenia is a primitive plant that lives only in Queensland, Australia, in the warm, humid rainforest near waterways. Two species have been described: B. spectabilis and B. serrulata. Both have the same characteristics: reach a height of 1,5 meters and have pinnate leaves whose foliole is 60 to 100mm long and 20 to 30mm wide, green in color.
They only differ in one thing: where they live. While the B. spectabilis grows in northeast Queensland, being found from Cardwell to Cooktown, the B. serrulata it often coexists with eucalyptus trees in east-central Queensland, around Byfield and northeast Rockhampton.
How do you take care of yourself?
If you have just purchased a copy, and you don't know how to take care of it, here is its care guide:
- Location: outside, in semi-shade. Indoors, it must be placed in a room with plenty of natural light.
- Soil or substrate: it must have good drainage and be fertile.
- Irrigation: two or three times a week in summer, and 1-2 times a week the rest of the year.
- Planting or transplanting time: in spring. Change pot every two-three years.
- Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Slow germination. It may take 3 months to germinate.
- Rusticity: withstands cold down to -3ºC.
Did you know this plant?