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Japanese sago palm

Cycas revoluta

Description:

Megasporophyll on a female sago palm--which is not a palm at all, but a cycad.

Habitat:

Suburban neighborhood on tropical upland plateau.

Notes:

The orange ovoids visible within the megasporophyll structure are megasporangia. They are shown more distinctly in the second image, which was cropped from the first. This species is dioecious, which means an individual is either male or female. This species is also very toxic if ingested, and unfortunately such ingestion kills pets on a regular basis. Sago palms are as garden decorations, and pets seems to find them tasty. The megasporangia are the most toxic part of this plant.

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2 Comments

suzmonk
suzmonk 10 years ago

I'm watching one of these, too, allen.hoof ... yours is a little farther along than mine. Really interesting!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

Awesome, thanks for sharing, allen! It's a shame that it's toxic, though.

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Sep 4, 2013
Submitted on Sep 6, 2013

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