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sago palm, sagu, sak sak

Metroxylon sagu


The thorny variety of "true sago" (not a cycad but a palm!). Although an important semi-cultivated food source, undisturbed sago swamp is a often a thick and unruly monoculture of large clumps, with trees of all sizes. Since this spotting doesn't show the entire tree please see and which also provide additional information on this species.


Coastal rain forest/swamp forest atop fossil sand strands and wet swales.


In my years traipsing about New Guinea I've had a number of run-ins with these nasty thorns. The map location of this spotting is approximate.

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Aug 21, 2010
Submitted on Apr 5, 2015

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