Macrozamia fraseriCommon name: Zamia
Meaning of name: Macrozamia is from the Greek word macros, meaning large, and the genus Zamia. Fraseri honours the Western Australian surveyor and pastoralist Charles Fitzgerald Fraser (1883-1951), collector of the type specimen.
Aboriginal name: Jeeriji.
Aboriginal use: The fruits of Macrozamia fraseri were treated to remove poisons before being roasted and eaten.
Distribution: Occurs on deep sand from Eneabba to Perth.
Description: Rigid fronds to 3 metres long. Fruiting cones are up to 50 centimetres long. Plants are either male or female. Seeds are covered in bright red flesh.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
The Cycad Pages. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/PlantNet/cycad/index.html
Bush Tucker Plants of the South-West. B Daw, T Walley, G Keighery. 1997.