En­dan­gered species found

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: YVONNE DALZIEL

DIS­COV­ERED: The Macrozamia cras­si­fo­lia was dis­cov­ered in Eidsvold re­cently by re­searcher and pho­tog­ra­pher Yvonne Dalziel.

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