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Cycad: Lepidozamia Lepidozamia peroffskyana

FAMILY: ZAMIACEAE

Unlike conifers, which usually have male and female cones on the same plant, cycads often have the male and female cones on separate plants. And some of the female cones can get rather huge: Australia's Lepidozamia peroffskyana, for example, has a female cone that grows up to 40 inches (101 centimeters) long and weighs up to 84 pounds (38 kilograms). Lepidozamias are also among the most long-lived cycads: some are reported to be 1,000 years old!