cycas3The Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is native to southern Japan. It is found  in various areas from the Ryukyu Islands to southern Kyushu. Sago palms occur on the sea shores. Mostly they grow in thickets on hillsides, cliffs and mountains.

The Sago palm is also grown naturally in sparse forests in east China’s Fujian Province, the Malaysian region and at high elevations in Micronesia, Polynesia, Madagascar and eastern Africa.

The Sago palm is facing extinction in the wild. Cycads still exist, but they are becoming increasingly endangered. Today the Cycas revoluta is on the list of plants vulnerable to extinction.

The cycads are vulnerable for several reasons, mostly due to habitat destruction. Also they have been extensively collected from the wild. In addition, Sago palms have been used as food and medicine locally.

Fortunately, the ancient plants have become the most popular and the most cultivated plants in landscaping throughout the world. This cycad is widespread worldwide and grown in tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Also Japan, China and other countires, where Cycas revoluta grows naturally, try to find ways to protect these prehistoric plants from poaching and habitat destruction. Effective implementation of laws can help to save Sago palms from extinction.

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