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Macrozamia

Macrozamia

Macrozamia is a genus of 38-40 species of cycads, endemic to Australia in the family Zamiaceae. The majority of the species occur in southeast Queensland and New South Wales. The common name Burrawang, originally referring to M. communis in the Daruk Aboriginal language, and is often used for all species in the genus. Seed cones are formed after fire. Male and female seed cones are borne on separate plants and the large female seeds are ripe when red or yellow. The seeds of the Burrawang are a good source of starch but are poisonous to eat unless treated. The Cadigal people pounded and soaked the seeds in water for a week, changing the water daily. The pulp was then made into cakes and roasted over hot embers.
Macrozamia communis

Macrozamia communis

 

 

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