Prehistoric Zamia

Sandplain Zamia

While we were in Bold Park two days back, we also stopped for a closer look at the Sandplain Zamia plants. They look rather like palms, but are actually cycads whose ancestors lived among the dinosaurs. That’s why they had such sharp leaves – to discourage dinosaurs from eating them. At present some of the Zamias, both male and female, have reproductive cones.

Zamia cones

In the autumn, the female cones will release a mass of bright orange-red seeds. We took this photo of such a cone last March in Bold Park, Perth.

Zamia Seeds


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