Macro-moorei.JPG (38537 bytes)Macrozamia moorei: is a member of the ancient Zamiaceae family. Macrozamias are known as Cycads and commonly known as Zamias. This species is known as the Springsure Zamia because it occurs in the Springsure area of central Queensland. Macrozamia moorei is probably the tallest of the 21 Australian Zamia species and may reach a height of eight metres. The spreading, pinnate leaves are about one metre long. They form a spreading clump. There are separate male and female plants. Female plants carry barrel-shaped cones containing many large, red to scarlet seeds. The seeds are extremely poisonous and have been responsible for the deaths of livestock, particularly cattle. Aboriginal people did make flour from the seeds. They removed the poison by soaking the seeds in water for protracted periods.

The specimen illustrated was photographed in Carnarvon Gorge during a visit in July 2004. Macrozamia moorei in common in the Gorge and grows together with the Carnarvon Fan Palm. The Springsure Zamia is also common in other parts of central Queensland.

Propagation is from seeds that germinate readily.

 

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