Bowenia spectabilis

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Bowenia spectabilis
Bowenia Spectabilis 2 years.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Stangeriaceae
Genus: Bowenia
Species:
B. spectabilis
Binomial name
Bowenia spectabilis
Hook. ex Hook.f.

Bowenia spectabilis is a species of cycad in the Stangeriaceae family. It is endemic to Queensland, Australia, its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Range[edit]

Bowenia spectabilis is found in northeastern Queensland from the McIlwraith Range on the Cape York Peninsula south to near Tully, it is a rainforest species, growing close to streams and on sheltered slopes in lowland wet sclerophyll forest, but also at an altitude of up to 700 metres in the Atherton Tableland.[2]

Gallery[edit]

The 1889 book 'The Useful Native Plants of Australia' records that the yam-like rhizome is used for food by the Indigenous Australians.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, K.D. 2003. Bowenia spectabilis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 20 August 2007.
  2. ^ The Gymnosperm Database
  3. ^ J. H. Maiden (1889). The useful native plants of Australia : Including Tasmania. Turner and Henderson, Sydney.