Bowenia spectabilis

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Bowenia spectabilis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Cycadophyta
Class: Cycadopsida
Order: Cycadales
Family: Stangeriaceae
Genus: Bowenia
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.


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]


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


  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.