Cycas revoluta, popularly known as sago palm, is not a real palm but a cycad. It is a slow-growing, evergreen, long-lived, medium-sized palm-like plant. It is the most popular species in the genus Cycas. This plant is popularly known as King Sago. It is one of the cheapest and most readily available sources of food starch. It is a native of China and Japan and is widely grown as an ornamental plant in India. The Japanese show a special affinity for this plant and it plays an important role in Japanese culture. Plants occur primarily on steep to precipitous stony sites, but previously they occurred on flatter land which has since been cleared. There has been massive seed collecting from natural habitats and leaves are exported in large numbers for decorative purposes.