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The breath-taking landscape of Watarrka National Park is home to a myriad of flora including the MacDonnell Ranges Cycad (Macrozamia macdonnellii).

Cycads are very ancient plants, their ancestors date back 200 million years ago and were once the dominant flora on the planet. The Jurassic Era of the dinosaurs is also known as “The Age of the Cycad”.

Cycads existed before flowering plants. Often mistaken for palms, cycads are acutally primitive seed plants (Gymnosperms) along with gingkos and conifers.

Visit our Flora Index for more information on the MacDonnell Ranges Cycad.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Division: Cycadophyta
  • Class: Cycadopsida
  • Order: Cycadales
  • Family: Zamiaceae
  • Genus: Macrozamia
  • Species: M. macdonnellii
  • Binomial name: Macrozamia macdonnellii