Beaucarnea gracilis, the pony tail palm is a caudiciform from Mexico. The leaves are narrow and smooth. In late summer, numerous white flowers arranged in. Oaxacan populations of Beaucarnea recurvata tend to have especially thick Ecological status of Beaucarnea gracilis, an endemic species of the semiarid. One of the pony tail palms although not a palm at all but in the Liliaceae. Type is nr. Tehuacan Pue. Used to be called B. oedipus. Forms caudices to m wide.

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Valentino Vallicelli This very showy and delightfully colorful plant brighten a Beaucarnea Nolina collection by contrasting its highly variegated foliage with that of the green types. It retains its foliage year round and is thus a valuable and decorative houseplant.

The individual shown at left was growing on an exposed rock face in dense scrub on the walls of the Beaucranea Canyon in Chiapas.

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You can see the Hechtia leaves curled from the long drought and other plants leafing out in anticipation of the rains. A massive individual of Beaucarnea recurvata growing with Bursera ovalifolia and Neobuxbaumia scoparia with Hechtia in the foreground.

One such group is the clade a group of related species made up by the genera Beaucarnea and Calibanuswhich are members of Ruscaceae. The trunk of Beaucarnea recurvata is often swathed in epiphytes.

The spreading base with its corky bark of much battered appearance, resembles a giant elephant’s foot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Each flower shortly stalked and neaucarnea fragrant.


It is a very tolerant plant that can withstand temperatures of -5 Celsius degrees for short periods, but its exact hardiness is unknown. Major references and further lectures 1 James Cullen, Sabina G.

Beaucarnea gracilis is a small dioecious tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, yracilis vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base, it is related to the well-known ponytail plant Nolina recurvata.

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This species was described in the early 90s, despite growing in an area that is relatively well known floristically. The flowers are tiny, yellow and white and grow in vast numbers, but only on very old individuals. It can stay in the same pot for a number of years since it prefers to be a bit rootbound.

This page was last edited on 8 Februaryat Having been bred to endure dry air and drought, it will survive for years in less than ideal conditions.

Beaucarnea gracilis f. variegata

The 15 beaucafnea so species of this group are mostly restricted to Mexico, and, like most of the groups we study, cover a remarkable range of sizes and shapes. This image was originally posted to Flickr by amantedar at https: Ongoing phylogenetic studies will reveal valuable information regarding the relationships within this remarkably varied clade. Grandtner “Elsevier’s Dictionary of Trees: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.

However, the range in size and habitat is striking: It is a small tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving beajcarnea stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base, it is related to the well-known ponytail plant Nolina recurvatait has bark that would look at home on a pine tree.


These subfreezing temperatures sometimes extend all the way to the Pacific coast. By using this site, you agree ggracilis the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems.

The caudex comprising the bulbous basal part of the trunk and the upper part of the rootstock is enormously swollen, a large part of which is visible above ground.

Conservation Biology 11 2: Send a photo of this plant. Because beaucarnew are so avidly removed by collectors and nurserymen, it is very rare to find Beaucarnea populations that still have small individuals.

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It is a small tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beaucxrnea globose woody base. The leaves grow from the top like a ponytail hence the popular common name Flowers: It typically has a very thick base and several spindly branches with tufts of bluish leaves.

Its name “gracilis”, meaning “slender”, is misleading, as its trunk is especially bulbous. This species grows on very hot, rocky hillsides in lowland dry tropical forest of the interior of Mexico.