Leaves up to 4 m long. Leaflets 7-14 nerved, 0.5-1.5 cm wide, alternate, joined to leaf along the upper edge of the midrib, sickle-shaped, with the shortest ones at the base. Male cones usually 40-60 cm long. Female cones usually 50-80 cm long, stalkless, axillary and usually solitary, breaking up at maturity; scales directed slightly downwards; seeds bright red, attached to the seed scales.
Grows naturally in hilly country north of Manning River mostly in wet sclerophyll forest. Lepidozamia hopei Regel from Queensland is occasionally cultivated; it has leaflets 1.5-3 cm wide with 17-30 nerves.
SE Qld, NE NSW
VIC: Balwyn (Maranoa Gardens, inside main entrance); Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Australian Border and Cycad Bed); Parkville (University of Melbourne, Botany Department Systems Garden).
Source: (1995). Zamiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.