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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 http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/736... and http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/363... 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.