Sorting Metroxylon names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :


Metroxylon amicarum (H. Wendl.) Becc.

SYNONYM(S) : Coelococcus amicarum (H. Wendl.) W. Wight, Sagus amicarum H. Wendl.

CHINESE : A mei xi gu ye zi, Xi mi ye zi.

ENGLISH : Caroline ivory nut, Caroline ivory nut palm, Polynesian ivory nut palm, Polynesian ivory palm.

FRENCH : Palmier à ivoire de Polynésie.

Metroxylon rumphii Mart.

SYNONYM(S) : Metroxylon sagu Rottb. ? Sagus rumphii Willd.

ARABIC : Sâgû (Egypt).

CHINESE : Ci xi mi ye zi.

ENGLISH : Spiny sago palm.

FRENCH : Sagoutier épineux.

ITALIAN : Sago di Borneo.


Considered by some authors as a synonym of Metroxylon sagu Rottb.

Metroxylon sagu Rottb.

SYNONYM(S) : Sagus inermis Roxb. , Sagus spinosus Roxb.

ARABIC : Nakhlat daqîq es sâgô (Egypt), Sâgû.

BURMESE : Thagu bin.

CHINESE : Xi mi zong, Xi gu ye zi.

ENGLISH : Sago palm, Smooth sago palm, True sago palm.

FRENCH : Sagoutier.

GERMAN : Sagopalme.


JAPANESE : Sago yashi, Sago yashi.

KHMER : Sa kuu.

MALAY : Pohon rumbia, Pohon sagu (Indonesia), Ambulung (Java), Kersulu (Java), Rumbia.

PORTUGUESE : Palmeira.

SPANISH : Palma de sago, Palma de sagú, Palma sagú, Palmera sago (Argentina).


TAGALOG : Lumbia.

THAI : Sa khu.



Considered by some authors as a synonym of Metroxylon rumphii (Willd.) Mart.


Photographs of foliage and leaves (close-up) at Thai Palms.


Metroxylon salomonense (Warb.) Becc.

ENGLISH : Hebe nut palm, Ivory-nut palm, Solomon's sago palm.


General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < > (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Latin with authority names)

Flach Michiel. 1997, Sago Palm. Metroxylon sagu Rottb. Promoting the Conservation and use of Underutilized and Neglected Crops. 13. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben / International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy.

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

USDA, ARS, 2000, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (22 March 2002). (A number of languages, some romanised, Latin with authority names)

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).


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