- n macrozamia any treelike cycad of the genus Macrozamia having erect trunks and pinnate leaves and large cones with sometimes edible nuts; Australia
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n macrozamia A genus of gymnosperms belonging to the natural order Cycadaceæ, the tribe Encephalarteæ, and the sub-tribe Euencephalarteæ, characterized by the female cones having hard peltate scales, usually produced into an erect acuminate blade. They are low forms, with an erect ovoid or cylindrical trunk, covered by the persistent bases of the petioles, living in swampy places near the sea, and have pinnate leaves resembling the fronds of tree-ferns, occasionally twisted in some species, and large cones. About 14 species are known, all inhabitants of tropical and temperate Australia; several of these are cultivated for ornament. From their general appearance, plants of this genus sometimes receive the name of fern-palm. M. spiralis is the burrawang-nut. See cut under Cycadaceæ.