Cycas revoluta 

Cycas revoluta Thunb. (Gymnosperm)

Family : Cycadaceae

Common Name : അലങ്കാരപ്പന (Mal)

  King sago palm (Eng)

IUCN Status : Least concern (LC) -

Stem very low to subterranean with persistent leaf-bases and numerous adventitious lateral branches or bulbils. Leaves pinnate, closely arranged at the apex of trunk, 50-150 cm long; petiole 6-10 cm long, with 6-12 spines; leaflets 60-150 pairs, horizontally inserted, stiff, narrow 8-18 cm x 4-6 mm, base decurrent, apex acuminate, glabrous and glossy above, sparsely pubescent below, margins have strongly recurved or revolute. Cataphylls triangular, 4-5 x 1.5-2.3 cm, densely brown tomentose, apex acuminate.

Use: Cycas revoluta is commonly known as Sago palm which belongs to gymnosperm species, cycadaceae family and has been used as a traditional medicine to cure blood vomiting, flatulence, skin diseases, hypertension, gastrointestinal distress, cough, blood pressure, hair growth, astringent, diuretic,

Distribution : Native of East Asia

Flowering and Fruiting: June to October