University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

The Sago palm is an extremely slow growing palm-like plant which will eventually reach a mature height of 10 feet. Leaves are glossy green, pinnately-compound and three to four feet long. Leaflets are stiff and dark green. This plant is dioecious with a cylindrical cone borne in the center of the male plant. The female plant doesn’t produce a cone, but produces a round mass consisting of modified scale-like leaves. Orange-red seeds to two inches in diameter are produced between these scale-like leaves.