Cycas angulata, Angular Cycas, Ngathu

Cycas angulata

Angular Cycas, Ngathu
Family: Cycadaceae
Origin: North Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterThorny or spinyPalm or palm-like plant

Cycas angulata (Angular Cycas) is an attractive large cycad native to Northern Australia. It grows up to 30 ft tall and 1 ft in diameter. The trunk is swollen at the base with occasional offsets, and can form clumps of up to six stems. The blue-green to grey-green glossy leaves are stout and topped with thick arching fronds.

Cycas angulata is well adapted to its native climate with summer rainfall, so it should be kept on the dry side during cold weather. The Latin name angulatus, which translates to "angular", is derived from the arrangement of leaflet on the leaf petiole.

Cycas angulata prefers full sun to semi-shade, and regular to moderate water. It is hardy in USDA zones 9-11. It can survive in cold regions where it is grown in a pot, but the potting soil must be well-drained and fertilized regularly. It should also be protected from strong winds to prevent damage. The plant also has thorns and spines, so make sure to handle it carefully. This is the cycad most mentioned as a food source by Northern Australia aborigines.

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Cycas angulata, Angular Cycas, Ngathu

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