Up to two feet in length, always upright and rigid, the pollen cone of this ornamental dioecious (bi-gendered) cycad (a plant more primitive than the true palms) appears in spring on male plants at 2-3 year intervals. An earlier verse about this fascinating plant is found on our post of March 11.
Here in the South Carolina lowcountry, a 'severe' cold blast three winters ago damaged many sago palms, which are frequently used as a shrub or tree-shrub in local gardens, but this year they seem to have bounced back with a show of male resilience.
You can review other mildly scurrilous illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Curtained verse: Faintly Obscene (Selected) Limericks' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Be sure, while visiting there, to enjoy the verse "Medieval Challenge" (also discussed here on the daily blog-offering of April 18).
List of slides: strobilus, verse, and photo-collage 'sexy cycads'