Pineapple zamia (Lepidozamia)

Palm-like plants generally larger than the Macrozamia species with broader, more lethery leaflets.
The leaflets are 10-35cm long and 40-60cm wide. The leaflets are attached to the upper side of the stalk or rachis, near the midline. The leaflets have parallel veins and no midrib.

Toxicity category: 2, 4
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 4 - cause respiratory problems
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention for all ingestions.

Common name: Pineapple zamia

Botanical name: Lepidozamia.

Other common names: Burrawang palm

Family: Zamiaceae

General description: Palm-like plants generally larger than the Macrozamia species with broader, more leathery leaflets.

Flowers: –

Leaves: The leaflets are 10-35cm long and 40-60cm wide. The leaflets are attached to the upper side of the stalk or rachis, near the midline. The leaflets have parallel veins and no midrib.

Fruit/Berries: The fruiting cones are similar to those of Macrozamia species but are generally larger, more conical in shape and not stalked.

Other: The seeds are red, 4-6cm long and 3-3.5cm wide.

Symptoms: If eaten, the raw fruit may cause headache and severe gastro-intestinal irritation including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. In a very few severe cases, liver damage, coma and death have been reported. The male cone has a fruity odour when releasing pollen and this has been recorded as causing respiratory distress.

Toxicity category: 2, 4
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 4 - cause respiratory problems
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention for all ingestions.

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