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Photo from Oxygreen.


Photo of cones by Ken Hill, Nsw.gov.au.

Author: Charles Austin Gardner, 1930
Family:  ZAMIACEAE
Origin:  South-Western Australia
Soil:  Lateritic Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  50-300 Centimetres
Flower:  Cone; Greenish Brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Zamia Palm
Synonyms:  Macrozamia fraseri, Miq.
Cycas riedlei,
Gaudich.

This member of the Zamiaceae family was given this name by Charles Austin Gardner in 1930. It is found in south western Australia, growing in a well drained latritic soil (rich in iron and aluminium) with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 50 or even 300 centimetres in height. The cones are greenish brown.

The genera name from Latin macro; 'big' and Zamia, another genus in the family. The species is named after Anselme Riedlé, 1765–1801, a gardener at the Jardin des Plantes, who was invited to join the Nicolas Baudin scientific expedition 1800–1804 in the corvettes Géographe and Naturaliste to chart the coast of New Holland in Australia.