Ceratozamia matudae was described in 1939 but is still relatively unknown. The name honors the botanist Eitzi Matuda. Although the name is known the species is not represented in collections, has never been in cultivation, and is one of the least known Ceratozamias. The plants are noteworthy because of the number of leaves held, the compact nature, and mostly for the yellow articulation on the leaves. Plants are endemic to el Triunfo biosphere in Chiapas, Mexico at around 5000 feet in elevation on Pacific slopes.