Burrawang (Dharug language)
Macrozamia communis is a medium-sized palm-like plant with large, pinnate leaves rising from a crown on a short or underground trunk.
Meet one of the world's most southern Cycads
Not only is Macrozamia communis the most common and widespread Cycad in New South Wales, but it's also one of the most southerly occurring Cycad species in the world. You'll find it growing wild in coastal districts from Kempsey to Bega and adjacent ranges, as well as inland as far as Mudgee.
On the New South Wales South Coast, it's common to see Macrozamia communis form the understory to Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata).
A bush tucker plant to be handled with care
Burrawang's starchy seeds are an important part of the bush tucker diet, but they're poisonous if they aren't appropriately prepared.
Macrozamia communis’ genus name combines 'Macro', the Greek for 'large' and 'zamia', a derivative from the Greek 'azaniae' for ‘pinecone'. 'Communis' is from Latin meaning 'communities', referring to the fact that this cycad species is often found in dense stands.