This is an adult Coontie, (Zamia). I transplanted this plant a year or so ago. If you searched the archives you could find a post about the move. In that post you can see the massive storage root that dwarfs the above ground foliage.
Vicki of Outside In is xeriscaping her yard down in overbuilt Pinellas County and is trying to do the right thing by conserving irrigation water by planting tough natives. This is such a rare transplant attitude that I feel compelled to actually "welcome" her to Florida instead of my usual, "ENJOY YOUR VISIT, NOW GO HOME" attitude.
I mentioned coontie to her... just trying to be helpful. Then, coincidently, I mentioned it to Sophie and suddenly I owe a post about coontie.
I did recently use coontie seeds as a puzzler and I have to confess it is a favorite plant of mine. I like plants that don't die here at hell farm and don't fuss if I forget to water them ... and that the deer don't covet.
There's some neat Florida history associated with the plant also. The root contains an edible starch that the first immigrants and later Europeans used when they arrived. The root has to be processed to remove some toxins, but the starch can be used for breads, etc. It was actually a thriving industry years ago.
Today, coontie is hot in the landscaping business for the reasons mentioned above. The state DOT has finally started using it with native palmetto and wire grasses to landscape medians so that they look good no matter how dry or wet it is.
I have two varieties here at PF, one that was already here with thin leaf blades and one variety from my grandfather's yard with wider leaves. That one is really special to me as it is a connection to my Papa and Nana. Both are gone, as is their old Victorian house where I spent so much time as a kid.
Now an apartment complex sits there and there's no trace of our history at the site, but I have my coontie plants as a connection.