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Cycas megacarpa

An Australian Cycad related to Cycas media, this plant was described as recently as 1992 with a fairly slender trunk to 3m tall and dense crown of glossy green leaves with narrow leaflets. The large seeds will produce an easy to grow and robust pot or landscape plant, suitable for subtropical and temperate regions. Will resist light to moderate frosts and requires excellent drainage and full sun for best appearance.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Cycas megacarpa has impressively large seeds, which for me germinated without much difficulty. After soaking in tepid water for five days, the ten seeds were placed into bags of slightly moist perlite in a warm place and transferred to pots of sand and perlite mixture once the radicle had sprouted to about half an inch in length. Eight seeds germinated within three to six weeks, one was discarded because it was bad and the other seed is still making up its mind in the perlite bag.
Submitted on 19/11/2007 by Richard Corlett ricorlett@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Hi, Scott Maclean here from Central Queensland. I live in close proximity to the area in which "Cycas Megacarpa" inhabits. As an avid cycad collector I have collected seeds from these plants and germinated many seeds. Most seeds appear to germinate readily and appear to grow at a much quicker rate than they do in the wild, responding well to regular fertilising. Young seedlings and new flushes of leaves in older plants have a distinctive bluish tinge and turn dark green as they get older. The seeds in this species are supposed to be the biggest of any Australian cycad,and I have found that they measure between 47-51 mm. The female plant produces about 150-200 seeds which are a powdery blue green colour and then ripen to orange. In their natural habit these plants form quite large extensive colonies,usually restricted to hilly areas near a town called Mount Morgan in Central Queensland. The Summer temps here are very hot and dry with seasonal summer rains. This species still appears to be locally abundant and under no real threat. Seedling recruitment is fine and evident in most areas that I have observed. I shall try to get you some photos in the near future. Cheers...... Scott Maclean.
Submitted on 09/12/2003 by Scott Maclean scottkathymac@bigblue.net.au

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
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