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June 29, 2018 - We have two sago palms in our front yard, one of which we now know is a male since it has produced a male pollen cone.  We're not sure what the other one is, but we'll probably find out over time.  The technical background of a Sago palm, whose formal name is Cycas revoluta, is that it is also known as king sago or sago cycad and is a species of gymnosperm in the family Cycadaceae, native to southern Japan including the Ryukyu Islands.  Enough of that, on to the pictures, the first being one of the second, as yet sex undetermined, plant.

June 5, 2018

These two pictures were also taken on June 5, 2018 showing the male Sago as its pollen cone was just developing.

June 24, 2018

June 26, 2018

June 29, 2018

July 2, 2018

I think the cone is about 30 inches tall now.

July 10, 2018

I think the pollen cone is on the decline.  It seems to be drying out and the cone is starting to lean.

July 18, 2018

The sago pollen cone is officially past its prime. It's dried out and leaning and new leaves are now emerging in the center of the plant.

August 1, 2018

Well, it's pretty much the end of the story.  The cone is dried out and will probably just fall off soon.

It was pretty while it lasted.

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