Common name: burrawang
Macrozamia communis L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Stem mostly subterranean but in shallow soils forming an aerial trunk 1–2 m high, 30–60 cm diam.
Leaves 50–100 in the crown, 70–200 cm long, rachis not twisted; pinnae 70–130, longest 16–35 cm long, 4–12 mm wide, simple, not crowded, thick and rigid, rather dull, with 7–13 scarcely raised veins below; lowest pinnae reduced to spines; spine-free petiole 12–60 cm long.
Male cones 20–45 cm long, 8–12 cm diam., longest spines 2–5 cm long. Female cones 20–45 cm long, 10–20 cm diam.; longest spines 4–10 cm long; seeds 3–4.5 cm long, 2–3 cm diam., scarlet when ripe.
Distribution and occurrence: In sclerophyll forest on sandy to loamy soils, often in dense stands; on the coast and adjacent ranges from the Macleay R. system to Bega, and the Goulburn R. district. Sometimes cultivated.
Sclerophyll forest on sandy to loamy soils, often in dense stands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information. This species hybridizes with M. flexuosa on the NC.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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