The cycas revoluta is an evergreen plant suitable for the garden or apartment, native to Asia; it is one of the oldest plants on earth, in ancient times it was widespread all over the globe. It develops a short, stocky, woody stem covered with brown scales; at the apex of the stem, a large crown develops consisting of long, pinnate, rigid, dark green leaves. They have very slow growth, and adult specimens can reach 200-300 cm in height; these are very long-lived plants.
Cycas revoluta is a dioecious plant (which produces only male or female flowers), so there are two different types of inflorescence.
Both inflorescences develop within the crown of leaves. However, while the male has scales that form a strobilo containing the pollen sacs, the female instead has transformed leaves (bracts) at the edges of which the ova are formed (which, once fertilized, turn pink). The seed, very fleshy, is still used in the regions of origin for food purposes.
There cycads revoluta is a very ancient plant, we could say primitive, especially among those that reproduce by seed. It is also widespread and popular because it is very ornamental.
It consists of a wrinkled trunk with a crown of leaves similar to a plumage on top.
After long studies it has been included among the conifers and is considered to be closely related to Ginko Biloba. It is believed that it was already present in the Mesozoic era. In fact, it is usually classified as a "living fossil" and by examining the fossils it was established that the last 200 million years have changed it very little.