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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Bowenia

Bowenia eocenica
Bowenia papillosa
Bowenia serrulata
Bowenia spectabilis

The genus Bowenia, includes two living and two fossil species of cycads in the family Zamiaceae, sometimes placed on their own family Boweniaceae.[1] They are entirely restricted to Australia. The two living species occur in Queensland, where they grow in the warm, wet, tropical rainforests, on protected slopes and near streams, primarily in the lowlands.[2][3][4]

The fossil species Bowenia eocenica is known from deposits in a coal mine in Victoria, Australia, and B. papillosa is known from deposits in New South Wales. Both fossils are of Eocene age, and consist of leaflet fragments.[5]


  1. ^ Stevenson, Dennis William. 1981. American Journal of Botany 68: 1114
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Hill, K.D. & Stevenson, D.W. (1999). A world list of Cycads, 1999. Excelsa 19: 67-72.
  4. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M., J. L. Reveal, A. K. Farjon, M. F. Gardner, R. R. Mill & M. W. Chase. 2011. A new classification and linear sequence of extant gymnosperms. Phytotaxa 19: 55–70.
  5. ^ Hill, R.S. 1978. Two new species of Bowenia Hook, ex Hook, f. from the Eocene of eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 26(6) 837 - 846.

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