Can someone help identify this?

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  1. ChadsMach1

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    Can someone help identify this? I can take some additional pictures close up or any angle if needed. The first picture is several bunched together. The second is a single plant all by itself. The third is a close up of the leaves on the grouping.
     

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    Cycas revoluta
     
  3. jimmyq

    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    AKA Sago Palm
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    More correctly Sago Cycad. It isn't a palm. Calling it one just promotes confusion and error.
     
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    Just curious, but exactly how do you know? I was under the impression that these were Prince Sagos, or Cycas taitungensis. I am interested in learning some more about how to tell the difference between a King (Revoluta) and a Prince (Taitungensis) sago from a visual.

    Thanks for everyone's help.
     
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    One may need a microscope, to properly ID the differences...
     
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    It's not a full queen sago for sure.. kinda does look like a king mix..

    the queen sago is on my website www.majesticpalmtrees.com
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sorry, not sure. I was commenting on Jimmyq's calling it a species of Arecaceae (palms).
     
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    Sorry about the above post. I will not jump to conclusion too quickly next time. They all look very similar especially in pictures so it would be difficult to tell for sure which one it is.
     
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    the king will flower a knob and queen will flower and open up. You can tell by the fronds or limbs that yours isnt a queen...
     
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    DGuertin Active Member 10 Years

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    To further promote the confusioni regarding common names, 'queen sago' is usually applied to Cycas rumphii, circinalis, and associated species (which yours absolutely isn't). I refuse to deal with Royal titles when it comes to cycads, as they're entirely feckless. ;-)

    Given the photos, I'm inclinced to say the first and third photos are of Cycas revoluta, the 'Sago Palm.' As noted, however, it is more closely related to a pine than a palm, so the 'palm' part should not be used, in general. Simply calling it a 'Sago' is safe enough ground (though those of us particularly stodgy will still grimace. ;-) The second bears a close enough resemblance to Cycas taitungensis as to be a viable option, at least. C. tai. tends to be a bit more glaucous than C. rev, as well as laying a bit flatter across the leaves. Easy way to tell is to sit back and watch. If the one in the second photo doubles the size of the others in the same amount of time, it's taitungensis. ;-)
     
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    and sagos/cycad ....is the oldest living fossil known to man.. :)
     

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