Species: Cycas revoluta
English Name: Sago-palm Cycas
Chinese Name: 蘇鐵、鐵樹
Palm-like evergreen trees. Trunk sturdy, cylindric, single, densely covered by leaf scars or the persisting bases of the old leaves and spine-like cataphylls. Leaves are large, clustered on trunk top, pinnatipartite. It can grow up to 6-7 m, but it will take around 50 to 100 years for it to get that high. It is mostly cultivated.
Preparation: Leaves, flowers, seed and roots used. Roots and leaves collected all year round while flowers in summer, seed in autumn and winter. Washed, and dried under the sun.
Properties: Sweet, bland in taste, mild in nature, slightly toxic.
Actions and indications: Leaf: relieving hemorrhage, removing toxic substance and alleviating pain. Flower: Regulating qi, alleviating pain, benefiting kidney, and relieving nocturnal emission. Seed: calming liver, lowering blood pressure. Root: expelling wind, activating collaterals, invigorating kidney.
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- Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science 2005. Flora of Macao (Volume 1). Macao, SAR: Author