With a small, underground or only shortly emergent trunk, and flat leaves that can reach 1 m (3 ft) in length and
carry 60 to 130 narrow leaflets, this charming plant is one of the smallest species in the genus
Cycas. In its native northern Vietnam and southern China, it grows in cracks of steep limestone cliffs practically
without soil. Although quite popular as an ornamental in China, it is still virtually unknown in cultivation elsewhere.
It is an excellent species for growing in pots or as a bonsai.