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Old 24 June 2009, 02:42 AM
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Dog Sago palm kills pets

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Old 24 June 2009, 03:39 AM
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There are several sites out there claiming that it is poisonous not only to pets, but to humans as well. Here's what looks to be a fairly reliable entry from a list of poisonous plants: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/c...on/Cycasre.htm
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Old 24 June 2009, 08:44 PM
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And as with any of those poisonous plant warnings:

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TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Some animals could probably eat a large quantity so I'd try to keep it outta the way of pets. But if a human being can eat a large quantity of a sago palm, be my guest, you get what you deserve.

I can't imagine they'd be very easy to eat.
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Old 24 June 2009, 09:06 PM
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That's not what I call a sago palm. A sago palm is Metroxylon sagu. Its starch is edible and is a staple of New Guinea.

However, the toxic plant in question looks very similar to another cycad called Coontie (Zamia integrifolia) which, confusingly enough, is also occasionally known as "wild sago" and is a source of edible starch.

This is why scientific names are important for distinguishing which plant you're talking about.
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Old 26 June 2009, 11:33 AM
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That's not what I call a sago palm. A sago palm is Metroxylon sagu. Its starch is edible and is a staple of New Guinea.

However, the toxic plant in question looks very similar to another cycad called Coontie (Zamia integrifolia) which, confusingly enough, is also occasionally known as "wild sago" and is a source of edible starch.

This is why scientific names are important for distinguishing which plant you're talking about.
Cycas revoluta is commonly known and sold as the 'sago palm'.

See for example:

http://www.palmcentre.co.uk/Cycas_revoluta.aspx
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