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Cycas candida

Cycas candida K.D. Hill, Telopea 10(2): 607-611 (2004). H—NSW
"TYPE: Australia, Queensland, Rollingstone, K.D. Hill 5671, L. Stanberg & N. Liu (holo NSW; iso CANB, DNA)."

Etymology: From the Greek candida, white, in reference to the white seeds.

Historical notes: Although occurring beside the main north-south highway and known to botany from collections since at least 1977, this was recognised as a distinct species only in 2001.

Distinguishing features: Distinguished from other Australian species by the thick, mid to dark green, moderately broad leaflets with recurved margins, the thick orange tomentum around the short, soft cataphylls, and the waxy, white seeds.

Distribution and habitat: Known from the Rollingstone district north of Townsville, and a few kilometers north and south of there. This species is locally abundant in grassy woodland or grassland with scattered trees on skeletal gritty sandy soils on steep boulder slopes over granite.

Conservation status: The range of this species is small, but much of the population is conserved in the Mt Spec National Park. 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants category LR. ROTAP category 2RC-.

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