Cycas revoluta Thunb.
Synonym : Cycas miquelii Warb.
Family : Cycadaceae
Local Names : Chanappan, Eenth, Eenthinpana, The sago cycad
Flowering and fruiting period: December – February
Distribution: Native of East Asia
Habitat: Grown as garden plant
IUCN status: Least concern
Uses: Leaves are used for plaiting into mats. The mature male cones are used as insect repellents in the paddy fields. The pith is rich in carbohydrate and a sago can be made from it. The bark and the seeds are ground to a paste with oil and used as a poultice on sores, cuts, wounds, ulcers and swellings
Key Characters: Large shrub to small trees with terminal crown of large pinnately compound leaves; dioecious. Microsporophylls densely aggregated to form large terminal cones. Megasporophylls loosely arranged, crowded round the apex of stem; ovules 1-5 on either side of sporophyll. Seeds globose.