Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sago Palm

Sago Palm, 2011 - 8x10 Tintype

Here’s another wet-plate collodion image from my botanical study series. I’m really enjoying this process and this series or maybe it’s just the ether fumes affecting me.

The Sago Palm, most people don’t realize that it is not a palm at all, but rather a Cycad. There are over 200 different types of cycads. Cycads are a group of plants that are very primitive in their origins. Fossils have been found on almost every continent on the planet. It is often stated that cycads have evolved little since the days of the dinosaurs. There are species that have gone extinct, while there are others that seemed to show little evolution over millions of years. Therefore as a group, cycads are often referred to as “living fossils”. The scientific name for the Sago Palm is Cycas revoluta. Cycas refers to the genus, the genus refers to a particular group of similar plants in the Cycad family and revoluta further describes the exact species of the group Cycas.

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