Queen Sago Palm, Cycas rumphii

Cycas rumphii is a palm-like species of cycad plant. The plant may also be referred to as Queen sago or the Queen sago palm. This species is a member of the Cycadaceae family and is native to the Malesian region.

The C. rumphii is a relatively small plant reaching approximately 33 feet. Its trunk is grey with diamond patterned bark and measures up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves typically grow between 4.9 and 8.2 feet long. Leaves have a bright green coloration and a glossy surface.

C. rumphii is a species preferring tropical forest or woodland in coastal habitats on dunes. It flourishes with soils rich in lime or calcium carbonate. Currently habitat loss is a proving to be a threat to the species.

C. rumphii contains starchy pith in its trunk. Sago is commonly made from this substance. By carefully drying, soaking, grinding and washing, the seeds become edible. Parts of the plants seeds, sap and bark may also be useful providing relief to aching, inflamed or painful body parts or directly on wounds.

Image Caption: Queen Sago Palm, (Cycas rumphii). Credit: BotBln/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)