Lepidozamia

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Lepidozamia
Lepidozamia peroffskyana at Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.jpg
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Lepidozamia
Lehm.
Synonyms

Catakidozamia W.Hill

Lepidozamia is a genus of two species of cycad, both endemic to Australia.[1] The name, derived from the Greek word lepidos, meaning scaly, refers to the scale-like structure of the stem and leaf bases. They are native to rainforest climates in eastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales. They have a chromosome number of 2n = 18.

Species

A specimen of L. hopei is known as the tallest living cycad at 17.5 m tall. These cycads are generally unbranched, tall, and with persistent leaf bases. They are easily cultivated as ornamental plants and are relatively cold hardy; L. peroffskyana was first described by a specimen grown at St. Petersburg's botanical garden in 1857.

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