A small cycad native to a variety of forests and woodlands on steep slopes in western Guangxi, southern Guizhou and eastern Yunnan, China. Its natural stands today are much depleted and its habitat often severely degraded, making this once rather common plant relatively rare. Its underground or very briefly erect trunk holds a spreading crown of beautiful, flat, very glossy green leaves with up to 190 broad leaflets per side. These sometimes have attractive, undulate margins. Although rare in cultivation outside China, it will make a stunning ornamental for tropical and warm temperate regions.