Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Cycas rumphii is a dioecoius gymnosperm, which is the non-flowering group of plants exemplified by the pine trees. The word "dioecoius" means that the plant has separate male and female plants. The genus Cycas is native to the Malesian biogeographical region, which include the North Australian region to the Indomalayan region.
The plant may be mistaken to be a fern of a palm because it has a fern-like and also palm-like appearance. In fact Cycas rumphii is commonly known as "queen sago palm". However, the truth is that Cycas spp are actually members of plant group known as the cycads, which are known to exist on the earth since the age of dinosaurs.