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Macrozamia fawcettii

Macrozamia fawcettii C. Moore, J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 17: 120 (1884).
"TYPE: Australia, New South Wales, Upper Richmond River, C. Fawcett NSW 40653 (holo NSW)."[NSW]

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Etymology: Honouring police magistrate C. Fawcett (), collector of the type.

Historical notes:

Distinguishing features: Distinguished by the glossy deep green, long, spirally twisted leaves with long petioles and long, broad leaflets.

Distribution and habitat: New South Wales, far North Coast and coastal ranges, from the Richmond River to Coffs Harbour. Scattered in sclerophyll forests on siliceous soils.

Conservation status: Not considered to be at risk (IUCN Red List category LR,lc).
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Plants acaulescent, stem 10-20 cm diam.

Leaves 2-10 in crown, deep green, highly glossy, 40-120 cm long, moderately keeled, with 50-120 leaflets; rachis strongly spirally twisted, straight, stiff; petiole 15-30 cm long, straight to recurved, unarmed, 6-11 mm wide at lowest leaflets; basal leaflets not reducing to spines.

Leaflets simple, strongly discolorous; margins flat; apex entire or dentate, not spinescent; median leaflets 180-300 mm long, 8-20 mm wide.

Pollen cones fusiform, 10-25 cm long, 4-6 cm diam.; microsporophyll lamina 15-25 mm long, 10-20 mm wide; apical spine 1-18 mm long.

Seed cones ovoid, 12-23 cm long, 7-11 cm diam.; megasporophyll lamina 30-40 mm long, stipe 25-30 mm long, megasporophyll with an expanded peltate apex 40-55 mm wide, 15-33 mm high; apical spine 3-25 mm long.

Seeds ovoid, 25-30 mm long, 20-25 mm wide; sarcotesta red.

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