What is this orange pus growing on my Palm Tree?

We have two palm trees that are side by side, 1 is infected with this pus and the other is not. Is this a fungus? If so, which kind. Can I cure this issue, or will the tree solve the issue on it's own?

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  • When you use the term 'pus' is it because the orange stuff feels soggy or its dripping? Did the palm flower this year? Is the plant otherwise healthy?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Dec 4, 2021 at 13:00
  • soggy I guess? I didn't investigate that much to be honest. It's like an orange film that can easily wipe away. I don't think our Sago has ever "Flowered" It seems pretty healthy otherwise. Commented Dec 4, 2021 at 21:26

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When the female sago palm flowers, the 'flower', which looks nothing like the usual idea of a flower (they look more like orangy, ferny growths) is situated exactly where the orange fuzzy stuff is in your image, see here http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Sago%20Palm.html. Since the tree is otherwise healthy, this may be the remains of flowering - unless you have a male sago nearby that also flowered, no seeds will have been produced.

Just keep an eye on the overall health of the tree till this has gone; you can wipe away any soggy bits as they degenerate if they are soggy, otherwise, they should just disappear on their own.

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