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Distribution & Habitat:
South-western Australia, from Enneabba south to Perth. Locally abundant but sparsely distributed, in shrub lands and heath, usually on deep sand.
A medium to large, robust arborescent or acaulescent cycad, trunk to 3m tall, and between 40-70cm in diameter. It has grey-green, semi-glossy leaves up to 2.7m long, moderately keeled leaves (i.e. where opposing leaflets inserted at 90-150"" on the rachis), densely woolly crowns and large cones.
Very uncommon in cultivation.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Prefers sandy soil. Comes from a strictly Mediterranean climate, with the rainfall (650-750mm) occurring during the winter months. Prefers full sun, and is quite cold tolerant.
Paul I Forster (Figure 1,2,3,4&5) (from Palms&Cycads No. 85).