A rare dwarf cycad locally common in dry forests on sandy soil in the mountains of northeastern New South Wales. Its underground trunk holds a few upright, rather strongly keeled leaves, similar to M. glaucophylla. However, it is easily distinguished by its green, rather broad and rarely forked leaflets. Before being scientifically described by David Jones in 1998, it has been known as M. sp. 'Southern Pilliga'. In cultivation, it adapts to a wide range of temperate climates and is hardy to drought and severe freezes.