Macrozamia moorei

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Macrozamia Moorei is a species of cycad belonging to the family Zamiaceae. It is native to Queensland (Australia) and is considered a living fossil since it has existed since the time of the dinosaurs.

Moorei is the epithet granted by Ferdinand von Mueller in 1881, in honour of Charles Moore (1820-1905), director of the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney.

Macrozamia Moorei is the highest species of the genus Macrozamia, reaching a size of 7 metres in height with a trunk diameter of 50-80 cm. It has lax leaves up to 2.5 metres long, with short petioles bearing numerous spines and 120-220 leaflets, each leaflet 20-35 cm long and 5-10 mm wide.

Macrozamias are unique among cycads with respect to how new leaves form. Almost all the other cicas produce the new leaves at the same time, when a dozen are grown from the top. Most macrozamias produce the leaves individually or continuously.

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