sago palm
Cycas revoluta
  • LEAVES: long (2-3’), pinnate arrangement of leaflets; sharp, pointed, sharp teeth on petioles
  • FLOWER: dioecious, staminate cone 1-2”
  • FRUIT: on modified leaves, produces 1” diameter, flattened, bright red seeds
  • TWIGS: none
  • BARK: palm-like, covered in leaf scars or petiole bases
  • FORM: rosette arrangement of leave on short stem; pups form around base of trunk on older trees; pups can be transplanted during summer to propagate
  • HABITAT: urban, home sites
  • RANGE: only cycad that will grow this far north; exotic
  • USES: ornamental in US; starch extracted from roots and stem where native
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. long, very sharply-pointed, feather leaves
    2. rosette leaf arrangement
    3. trunk less than 6 feet tall

    NOTE:   this is not a true palm, which are angiosperms (a monocot), but a gymnosperm, like pine trees