Cycas orientis

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Figure 1. Male cone of C. orientis



Dry, open forest, east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory


A medium to large cycad, to about 7m tall, with bright green glossy leaves to about 1.25m long.



Comes from a very monsoonal climate, which has 2 seasons, hot and wet, and hot and dry. Needs very good drainage.

Figure 2. Megasporophylls on C. orientis
Figure 3. C. orientis in habitat, Lake Evella Homestead.
Figure 4. C. orientis in habitat, about 50 km from Yirrkala Community in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory.
Figure 5. C. orientis female in cone.

Contributed by:

K.D. Hill (from Palms & Cycads No. 43, Apr-Jun 1994.)
Julian Gorman (Figure 4,5)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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