Endangered species found
MACROZAMIA crassifolia is on the endangered species list and has recently been discovered to be in habitat in Eidsvold and Mundubbera.
The plant is known to cause a great challenge to farmers as it can kill cows by giving them rickets, but there are programs in place to help them through the process.
The plant is distinguished by its broad, long, thick and dark green leaflets and is found in small and disjunct stands on sandy soils over granite.
Researcher and professional photographer Yvonne Dalziel explored the Burnett region in hope of finding the crassifolia and was amazed by her findings.
“It was a worthwhile trip to the region as we discovered a few things in Eidsvold,” Mrs Dalziel said.
“Parazamia are the hardest to find and it took us three trips to find them.
“First you do a high five when you spot one and then you stand in wonder and admire the resilience of them.”
Mrs Dalziel said she had found and photographed 50 of the 86 species in two and a half years and believed the plant should be protected.
“I consider the cycads to be the (endangered bird species) ground parrot of the plant world and the cycads should simply be protected,” she said.
“Seeing one in habitat is special.”
The Macrozamia crassifolia is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
A recovery plan was initiated by the Queensland Government for the cycad family, however it has since lost momentum.
“We’re trying to revive it but the cycads have dropped off the conservation radar,” Mrs Dalziel said.
The cost of recovery was estimated to be $308,000.
DISCOVERED: The Macrozamia crassifolia was discovered in Eidsvold recently by researcher and photographer Yvonne Dalziel.