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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.
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.
|Lepidozamia hopei (W.Hill) Regel||northern Queensland|
|Lepidozamia peroffskyana Regel||southeastern Queensland, northeastern New South Wales|
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.
- Whitelock, L.M. 2002. The Cycads. Portland, Oregon: The Timber Press. 2002
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