|Photo Ken Hill
|The Cycad Pages
- Macrozamia secunda C. Moore, J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 17: 122 (1884). L—MEL
- "TYPE: Australia, New South Wales, Reedy Ck., near Mudgee, C. Moore s.n., 1858 (lecto MEL, fide L.A.S. Johnson, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 84: 103, 1959)."
Latin, secundus, secund or having organs turned to the same side, in reference to the arrangement of the leaflets on the rachis.
Distinguished by the sharply keeled, bluish-grey leaves with a slight or no spiral twist and short petioles.
Distribution and habitat:
New South Wales, central western slopes to lower central tablelands, from Gilgandra to Grenfell, east to Mudgee and Capertee.
Not considered to be at risk (IUCN Red List category LR,lc).
Plants acaulescent, stem 8-15 cm diam.
Leaves 1-8 in crown, grey-green or blue, semiglossy or dull, 40-80 cm
long, strongly keeled (opposing leaflets inserted at 30-90° on rachis)
with 80-170 leaflets; rachis not spirally twisted to moderately spirally
twisted, recurved, arching stiffly downwards; petiole 5-15 cm long,
straight, unarmed, 5-9 mm wide at lowest leaflet; basal leaflets not reducing to
Leaflets simple, strongly discolorous; margins flat, or recurved;
apex entire, not spinescent; median leaflets 80-200 mm long, 3-8 mm wide.
Pollen cones fusiform, 15-20 cm long, 4-5 cm diam.; microsporophyll
lamina 15-25 mm long, 15-20 mm wide; apical spine 0-10 mm long.
Seed cones ovoid, 15-25 cm long, 7-9 cm diam.; megasporophyll lamina
30-40 mm long, stipe 25-30 mm long, megasporophyll with an expanded peltate apex
35-60 mm wide, 15-30 mm high; apical spine 2-33 mm long.
Seeds ovoid, 20-35 mm long, 17-25 mm wide; sarcotesta red.