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Macrozamia macdonnellii (F.Muell. ex Miq.) A.DC.
Common Name: Macrozamia, MacDonnell Ranges Cycad
Aboriginal Language Names: Eastern Arrernte: atywekekwerle (Latz 1995) atyeyekwarle, atyikwarle (Henderson and Dobson 1994)Western Arrernte: tywekekwerle (Latz 1995)
Description: A very distinctive species on account of its large, frond-like pinnate bluish-green leaves that radiate out from the apex of a stocky procumbent to erect trunk to about 2 m high. The male and female reproductive cones are on separate plants, the latter being broader and partially enclosing egg-sized seeds with a bright red outer layer (sarcotesta).
Whole plant (or habit)
Image: D.E. Albrecht
Leaves & flowers &/or fruit
Image: M. Osterkamp
Image: D.E. Albrecht
Image: D.E. Albrecht
Image: D.E. Albrecht
Image: D.E. Albrecht


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Introduced Status: Native to NT
NT Endemic: Y
Bioregion: Burt Plain, MacDonnell Ranges

Habitat: Occurs predominately in steep sheltered areas on rocky ranges or hills composed of neutral or acidic rocks.

Ecological Attributes

Fruiting: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov

Other Attributes

Conservation Status (TPWCA): Near Threatened
Conservation Status (EPBC): Vulnerable
Restricted Range Taxon: N
NT Parks: Arltunga Historical Reserve, Finke Gorge National Park, Ruby Gap Nature Park, Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, Watarrka National Park
Flora Description Source: Unpublished notes prepared for FloraNT
Taxonomic Literature: Flora of Central Australia, 1981


Eastern Arrernte: Material and Culture: Others. Western Arrernte: Material and Culture: Shade or shelter.
Ethnobotany Source: Latz, P.K. 1995

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