Macrozamia fawcettii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Cycadopsida Cycadales Zamiaceae

Scientific Name: Macrozamia fawcettii C.Moore

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-31
Assessor(s): Forster, P.
Reviewer(s): Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.
Although this species could qualify for listing as Vulnerable because it has a relatively small extent of occurrence (5,500 km²), and confirmed occurrence at less than 10 locations and there is decline due to the impacts of poaching in the wild (i.e. VU B1ab(v)), it is instead listed as Near Threatened because it is expected to occur at more than locations.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in New South Wales, Australia. Subpopulations are found along the far North Coast and coastal ranges, from the Richmond River to Coffs Harbour, which includes subpopulations in the vicinity of Grafton and Casino district and the upper reaches of the Richmond river. Recorded at elevations ranging from 5 to 550 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (New South Wales)
Additional data:
Number of Locations:10
Lower elevation limit (metres):5
Upper elevation limit (metres):550
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Population [top]

Population:This species is recorded from at least nine localities (based on specimens in the BRI - Queensland Herbarium). Appears to be reasonably abundant.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:10000-20000
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species grows on sheltered slopes and gullies in dry sclerophyll forest and in flat areas close to streams in wet sclerophyll forest.
Generation Length (years):60

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has been affected by over-collecting of plants for cultivation and ornamental purposes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of the CITES Appendices. Populations of this species occur in the Yuraygir National Park and in the Burnt Down Scrub Nature Reserve.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.4. Forest - Temperate
1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
4. Education & awareness -> 4.3. Awareness & communications

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
  Included in international legislation:Yes
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:Yes
5. Biological resource use -> 5.2. Gathering terrestrial plants -> 5.2.1. Intentional use (species is the target)
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 National : ✓  International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Donaldson, J.S. (ed.). 2003. Cycads. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Cycad Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Hill, K.D. and Stevenson, D.W. 1998-2006. The Cycad Pages. Available at:

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: (Accessed: 2 September 2010).

Jones, D.L. 1993. Cycads of the World. Reed, New Holland, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., Australia.

Whitelock, L.M. 2002. The Cycads. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.

Citation: Forster, P. 2010. Macrozamia fawcettii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T42003A10617399. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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