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Lepidozamia
Lepidozamia peroffskyana at Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.jpg
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Zamiaceae
Subfamily: Encephalartoideae
Tribe: Encephalarteae
Subtribe: Macrozamiinae
Genus: Lepidozamia
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Synonyms

Catakidozamia W.Hill

Lepidozamia is a genus of two species of cycad, both endemic to Australia. They are native to rainforest climates in eastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales. They have a chromosome number of 2n = 18.

Etymology

The name is derived from the Greek word lepis (λεπίς) meaning scale, which refers to the scale-like structure of the stem and leaf bases.

Species

Image Scientific name Distribution Leaf Cone
Lepidozamia hopei 1.JPG Lepidozamia hopei (W.Hill) Regel northern Queensland Lepidozamia Hopei DSC 0233 - 400pix.jpg Lepidozamia hopei.jpg
Lepidozamia peroffskyana - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Brooklyn, NY - DSC07987.JPG Lepidozamia peroffskyana Regel southeastern Queensland, northeastern New South Wales BCBG Burrawang Leaf Detail.jpeg Lepidozamia peroffskyana cone.jpg

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.

Lepidozamia hopei 1
L. hopei in understorey of the Daintree Rainforest, north-east Queensland
Lepidozamia hopei 2
L. hopei: female plant with disintegrating cone containing seeds
Lepidozamia hopei 3
L. hopei: tall plant in the Daintree Rainforest, north-east Queensland
  • Whitelock, L.M. 2002. The Cycads. Portland, Oregon: The Timber Press. 2002
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