|The Cycad Pages
- Macrozamia flexuosa C. Moore, J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 17: 121 (1884).
- "TYPE: Australia, New South Wales, Limeburner's Creek, E. Betche NSW 40951, Jan 1883 (holo NSW)."[NSW]
Latin, flexuosus, zigzag or bent alternately in opposite directions,
from the spirally twisted leaves.
Characterised by the erect, strongly spirally twisted leaves with long, more or less terete petioles, and lax, light green leaflets with inrolled margins.
Distribution and habitat:
New South Wales, southern North Coast and extreme northern Central Coast, from Buladelah to Lake Macquarie. Scattered in sclerophyll forests on siliceous soils.
not considered to be at risk (IUCN Red List category LR,lc).
Plants acaulescent, stem 8-20 cm diam.
Leaves 1-6 in crown, bright green, highly glossy to semiglossy,
45-100 cm long, moderately keeled, with 80-150 leaflets; rachis strongly
spirally twisted, recurved, arching stiffly downwards; petiole 20-35 cm
long, straight, unarmed, 4-8 mm wide at lowest leaflets; basal leaflets not
reducing to spines.
Leaflets simple, strongly discolorous; margins incurved (more or
less); apex entire, not spinescent; median leaflets 170-300 mm long, 3-7 mm
Pollen cones fusiform, 15 cm long, 4.5 cm diam.; microsporophyll
lamina 15 mm long, 14 mm wide; apical spine 2-10 mm long.
Seed cones ovoid, 10-16 cm long, 7-11 cm diam.; megasporophyll lamina
40 mm long, megasporophyll with an expanded peltate apex 55 mm wide, 20 mm high;
apical spine 5-35 mm long.
Seeds ovoid, 24-27 mm long, 19-23 mm wide; sarcotesta red.