Cycas gracilis Miq.
Cycas kennedyana F.Muell.
Cycas media inermis Miq.
Cycas media basaltica (C.A.Gardner) J.Schust.
Cycas normanbyana F.Muell.
Cycas rumphii normanbyana (F.Muell.) J.Schust.
Common Name: Australian Nut Palm
Australian nut palm is a cycad, growing up to 3 metres, occasionally to 6 metres, tall[
]. A rather palm-like appearance, producing usually unbranched stems topped by a rosette of leaves 70 - 180cm long[
The seed is sometimes gathered from the wild and consumed locally.
Populations are believed to be stable, though there is habitat loss in some areas where the land has been cleared for cattle pasture. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
The seeds are considered to be poisonous if eaten raw[
Australia - eastern coastal Queensland.
Widespread and locally common in open or closed forest or occasionally rainforest[
]. Tall eucalypt forest or among shrubs, found in soils that vary from sands to gravels and loams at elevations from sea level to 860 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Usually found on sites that offer good soil drainage, often on sandy soils and on sloping sites.
Although considered to be poisonous when fresh, the seeds are roasted, then pounded several times and consumed as food[
Seed - best sown in containers as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water prior to sowing. The seed should be sown 2cm deep in individual pots, which are then sealed in plastic bags to keep them moist until germination takes place. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 25°c[
Division of suckers in the spring[
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