Cycas media

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Cycas media
Cycas media, Cooktown 2010.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas
Species: C. media
Binomial name
Cycas media

Cycas media is a palm-like cone-bearing plant widespread in seasonally dry tropical sclerophyll woodlands close to the east coast of Queensland, with scattered occurrences also in northern Northern Territory and Western Australia, Australia.[1] [2] The dark green leathery, thick leaves are pinnately divided and grow in annual flushes from a massive apical bud. It is tolerant of bushfire and often re-foliates immediately following a dry season fire, before the beginning of the next rainy season. All plant parts are considered highly toxic. However, the seeds were eaten by Aborigines after careful and extensive preparation to remove the toxins.

Natural distribution of Cycas media, generated in the Australian Virtual Herbarium website
Grove of Cycas media in north-east Queensland, newly re-foliated during the dry season after a bushfire
Cycas media megasporophylls with nearly-mature seeds on a wild plant in north Queensland, Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia, Cycas media plant profile. [http://www.pacsoa.org.au/cycads/Cycas/media.html
  2. ^ Australian Virtual Herbarium [http://avh.chah.org.au


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