Australian Native Plants

  Macrozamia macdonnellii (MacDonnell Ranges Cycad)


Macrozamia macdonnellii photo
MacDonnell Ranges Cycad (Macrozamia macdonnellii) in Cycad Gorge, Finke Gorge National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Photograph by Cgoodwin. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Macrozamia macdonnellii in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
MacDonnell Ranges Cycad

Description
The MacDonnell Ranges Cycad is a medium to large cycad with blue green leaves that grow to 1.5m to 2.5m long and arch downwards stiffly. The crown may have 50 to 120 keeled leaves. The trunk grows to 3m tall and about 60cm to 80cm in diameter. Its most distinguishing features are the strong blue leaf colour and the large female cones and seeds. The seed cones are about 40cm to 50cm long and about 25cm in diameter. The cycad seeds are orange or orange-brown, ovoid and about 60mm to 80mm long and 40mm to 50mm wide.

Height
3m

Spread
3m

Habitat
found in thin soil on rocky mountain slopes and in open woodland.

Propagation
propagation is from seed

Distribution
MacDonnell Ranges and Hartz Ranges in central Australia.

Classification
Class:Cycadopsida
Order:Cycadales
Family:Zamiaceae
Genus:Macrozamia
Species:macdonnellii
Common Name:MacDonnell Ranges Cycad


Relatives in same Genus
  Macrozamia communis
  Macrozamia johnsonii
  Macrozamia miquelii
  Macrozamia moorei
  Macrozamia riedlei