Cycas revoluta is the most popular of all cycads. A rather slow-growing, evergreen palm-like plant with an erect main stem that is usually around 0.5 - 2 metres tall (though up to 8 metres in very old specimens) , often with few basal branches, but sometimes aerially branched. The abundant leaf crown is dark and glossy. Male and female cones are eyecatchy, coated by golden fur. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes cultivated as a food plant in Japan, Taiwan and India and is also commonly grown as an ornamental in gardens and parks, and is a popular bonsai subject.