|Photo Ken Hill
|The Cycad Pages
- Bowenia serrulata (W. Bull) Chamb., Bot. Gaz. 54: 419 (1912). t. 5
Latin, serrulatus, finely serrate or toothed, from the
toothed leaf margins.
Originally described as a variety of Bowenia spectabilis
by English nurseryman
in his 1878 catalogue of plants for
sale, and raised to the status of species by the emininent American
The always dentate leaflets and the broadly globose underground stems
with more than 5 branches.
Distribution and habitat:
Scattered and locally abundant in dry sclerophyll eucalypt forest
in central eastern Queensland, in the vicinity of Byfield, north-east
of Rockhampton. Occasionally cultivated as an ornamental, and
popular as ornamental foliage in the florist trade.
Not considered to be at risk (IUCN Red List category LR,lc).
acaulescent; stem subterranean, tuber-like, subglobular,
to 25 cm in diameter, with an elongate
tuberous taproot, and 5-20 short, slender leaf and conebearing branches.
5-30 in the crown, erect, with 6-16 spreading
branches (pinnae), 100-200 cm long, to 100 cm broad; petiole to
100 cm long.
7-30 on each branch, sharply and regularly
serrate, a few sometimes coarsely lacerate, obliquely lanceolate,
decurrent at base, 7-15 cm long, 1.5-4 cm broad.
stalked, ovoid, to 5 cm long, 2.5 cm in diameter;
sporophylls broadly cuneate, distally dilated and truncate.
sessile, ovoid to globose, to 15 cm long, 15 cm in diameter;
sporophylls in about 8 ranks, the expanded ends ± hexagonal,
3-5.5 cm broad, to 2.5 cm high.
to 4.5 cm long, 3.0 cm wide; sarcotesta white maturing to dull purple.