Metroxylon sagu

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Name and publication

Metroxylon sagu Rottb., Nye Saml. Danske Vid. Selsk. Skr. 2: 257 (1873).


Fruits of the sago palm, known as “rumbia” in the potpourri trade, are hemispherical and coated with smooth scales, 2-3 cm in diameter (in ones used in potpourri).

Nativity and distribution

Metroxylon sagu is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.


Arecaceae (alt. Palmae)