The Gymnosperm Database


Macrozamia spiralis (illustrated as M. corallipes). From the Botanical Magazine 98, tab. 5943, (1872) (Jones 1993).


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Macrozamia spiralis

(Salisb.) Miquel

Common names

Taxonomic notes


"Stem mostly subterranean, 8-20 cm diam. Leaves 2-12 in the crown, 60-100 cm long, rachis twisted up to 180°, rarely up to 360°; pinnae 45-120, spreading, simple, longest 12-20 cm long, 5-10 mm wide, rarely glaucous, with 5-10 prominent veins below: petiole 15-40 cm long. Male cones 15-20 cm long, 5-6 cm diam., spines to 1.5 cm long. Female cones 12-20 cm long, 7-9 cm diam., spines to 3 cm long. Seeds 2.5-3 cm long, 2-2.5 cm diam., orange to scarlet.

"[S]pecimens from the Lower Blue Mtns (from Wheeney Creek to the Mellong Ra.) differ in that the plants are larger and have ± glaucous leaves with broader pinnae" (Harden 1990).

Distribution and Ecology

"Chiefly found as scattered, often depauperate plants in dry sclerophyll forest; on the coast and from Dunedoo to the Goulburn R. valley" (Harden 1990).

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