Cycads can be found in much of Australia's tropical woodland country. They are related to plants that grew millions of years ago. They are very slow growing; some plants may be hundreds of years old. They look similar to tree ferns, however the fronds and the trunk are much harder and rougher in texture. The underside of the fronds has harsh recurved hooks, particularly around the base of the stem. From May to November, clusters of attractive large nuts are produced and hang from the terminal bud or apex of the palm. These nuts are extremely poisonous

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