Cycas

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Cycas

one of the cycad genera from Australia, Asia, the Pacific and eastern Africa. Includes C. armstrongii (C. lane-poolei), C. angulata, C. basaltica, C. media, C. circinalis, C. revoluta. They contain the cycad glycoside cycasin. The leaves cause incoordination when eaten by cattle; see zamia staggers. The seeds may also cause severe gastroenteritis and hepatic necrosis. Seeds of C. circinalis are also eaten by humans as guam and may cause a degenerative disease of the nervous system in them. Called also zamia.
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Some of the species found on Pam's land are extremely rare, such as the Cycadaceae Zamia pumila, a low-growing fern-like coontie plant that serves as food for the Florida atala butterfly caterpillar (Eumaeus atala), which is a candidate for inclusion on the U.
APPENDIX Aboriginal plant names in north-eastern Arnhem Land Botanical family Botanical name Uses FERNS Blechnaceae Blechnum indicum food Hemianthtidaceae Platyzoma microphyllum -- Sinopteridaceae Cheilanthes tenuifolia -- CYCADS Cycadaceae Cycas armstrongii food GYMNOSPERMS Cupressaceae Callitris intratropica tools MONOCOTYLEDONS Amaryllidaceae Calostemma sp.