1x Macrozamia montana seedling with 2 leaves.
Macrozamia montana is a small cycad species from North East New South Wales, Australia. As the name suggests, it is found growing in moutainous areas, typically on steeply sloping well drained soils in the understory of Eucalyptus forests. Rather than making a tall trunk as it matures, it forms a subterranean stem or very short trunk. This is topped with bright green fronds that can eventually reach over a meter in length.
Whilst not hugely threatened in its natural habitat, it is not often seen in cultivation. I was able to source a small number of seeds, but germination hasn’t been great, so only very few plants will be available. Once they are gone, it’s unlikely I’ll have them again.
I suspect that this will be best grown in a pot, despite reports that Macrozamia montana can take light frosts. Cultivation seems straightforward although good drainage is very important.