Macrozamia moorei F. Muell
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Cycadophyta||All cycads—primitive palm-like plants|
|Order||Cycadales||Living cycads (most are extinct)|
|Family||Zamiaceae||Cycas that are superficially palm- or fernlike|
About plant names...
This cycad is native to Queensland, Australia, and is not found in the wild in North
America. It is considered a threatened species.
Identification: While many cycads are low to the ground, this
species resembles a palm tree, reaching up to 23' (7 m) in height, making it the tallest member of
Macrozamia. The trunk is 20-31" (50-80 cm) in diameter. Leaves are up to 8' (2.5 m)
long, arching upward and bending downward, with 120-220 leaflets. Individual leaflets are 8-14" (20-35 cm)
× ⅛-⅜" (5-10 mm). Seeds look quite unusual.
The Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia (1 of 2)
The Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia (2 of 2)
The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species
The Gymnosperm Database
2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
"Confined to the Springsure to Carnarvon Range district of central Queensland, where it is locally abundant in open dry woodland, on shallow, rocky, usually poor soils." (From Ken Hill, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.)