Cardboard cycads or Zamia furfuracea are a resiliant drought tolerant plant that suit the weather of most Australian regions. Their foliage and stems are unarmed (with out thorns etc) and with the leaves feeling thick and leathery to touch, hence their common name. Like other cycads, the cardboard has not changed botanically much over the last 180 million years and this quality also gives them the name “Dinosaur food”! The plant is also low maintenance when it comes to bugs and diseases. About the only thing the gardener needs to watch is the occassional attack by scale insects.