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Cycas cupida

Cycas cupida P.I. Forst., Austrobaileya 6: 153 (2002). H—BRI
"TYPE: Australia, Queensland, South Kennedy District, Terrace Range, P.I. Forster 26540B & R. Booth (male), 11 Dec 2000 (holo BRI)."

Etymology: From the Latin cupidus, desirous, alluding to the desirability of this plant to collectors.

Illustration: Forster 2001, figs 1-5.

Historical notes:

Distinguishing features: Nearest to C. desolata and C. couttsiana, differing from the former in the greater number of leaflets (174-240 vs 90-136) and leaflets that are not greatly narrowed towards the leaf base. C. cupida differs from C. couttsianain the ferruginous brown tomentum and and the leaflets that are not greatly narrowed towards the leaf base.

Distribution: Known from a single quite extensive population in the Terrace Range near Charters Towers. Widely scattered in open woodland on low sandstone hills.

Conservation status: Although scattered over a considerable area, a single population is known on unsecured land. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants category VU D2.

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