Macrozamia communis (Cultivated- California)

 

Macrozamia communis
is an Australian cycad found on the east coast of New South Wales.

The common name for the species is burrawang, a word derived from the Daruk Australian Aboriginal language; this name is also often applied to other species of Macrozamia.

The plants grow in open forests.[3] 

Seed cones are formed after fire. Male and female seed cones are on separate plants and the large female seeds are ripe when red or yellow.[3]

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.[4] 

(From Wikipedia on 18.12.13) 

 
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Macrozamia communis, photographed from University of California Botanical Garden.
 
 
 
 
 
 

References:

The Plant List  Wikipedia  

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