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The fruits by Tanetahi.

Author: Ferdinand J.H. von Mueller, 1876
Origin:  North-Eastern Australia
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  12-26 Centimetres
Height:  2-5 Metres
Flower:  Cones, Male: Golden-Brown. Female: Green-Blue
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Mt Surprise, Champions Blue Surprise
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Cycadaceae family was given this name by Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller in 1876. It is found in a small area in the Newcastle Range, north-eastern Australia, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem grow to tvelwe centimetres in diameter with a base up to 26 centimetres. The height are in average two metres, but it can reach five.

The genera name is derived from the old Greek name for Doom Palm. The species name from  William Cairns, the 19th century governor of Queensland, Australia.