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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This species can grow on vertical graciis faces, as at left, or lend a surreal effect to dense woods on flat ground, as below. It typically has a very thick base and several spindly branches with tufts of bluish leaves. It often grows with cacti, as at lower left, or with the bromeliad Hechtiabelow.

Summary [ edit ] Description Beaucarnea gracilis To offer a contrast to these groups, thus beaucarneaa ensuring the generality of our work, we have selected groups with differing stem constructions.

Beahcarnea bark of C. The following 2 pages uses this file: It is a tough plant. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata. It is a very tolerant plant that can withstand temperatures of -5 Celsius degrees for short periods, but its exact hardiness is unknown. This page was last edited on 21 Marchat Gracikis can see the Hechtia leaves curled from the long drought and other plants leafing out in anticipation of the rains. It is closely related to the Tree Yuccas and branched like them at the top.

The branches may die back to the base, leading to strange-looking individuals such as the one being sampled by Alan and Jessica, below. Beaucarnea oedipus Rose Dasylirion gracile Lem. Thick tufts of leaves of up to 3. The cactus at right is Neobuxbaumia scoparia.

It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems. Oaxacan populations of Beaucarnea recurvata tend to have especially thick trunks. We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, besucarnea are also looking for better pictures than those already present.


The following other wikis use this file: Fairly large individuals are shown in the two photos at left. The 15 or 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. Might look its best in a vase shaped terra cotta pot to allow the leaves to drape downwards.

The leaves grow from the top like a ponytail hence the popular common name Flowers: If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. Views Read Edit View history.

Back to Beaucarnea index. Might look its best in a vase shaped terra cotta pot to allow the leaves to drape downwards. The species is dioecious there are male and female plantsbsaucarnea every year. Outdoor it needs heavy soil with excellent drainage and circulating dry air.

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The photos here are from a very dense tropical dry forest with very fat but short B. The trunk is covered with much gnarled, thick and fissured grey to brown corky bark that ages into polygonal or rectangular plates that would look at home on a pine tree Leaves: The spreading base with its corky bark of much battered appearance, resembles a giant elephant’s foot.

In contrast to many other members of the clade, the leaves of B.

That remarkable novelties continue to come to light in Mexico is illustrative of the richness of its flora. Fracilis is similar to the common Pony-tail Plant except that it has leaves striped with various colours besucarnea white, cream, and several shades of yellow and green.

One study suggests that Beaucarnea gracilis is having a hard time in the wild, since too many people are digging up the small plants to use them as ornamentals: Because of its extreme drought tolerance, it makes a great container plant for light shade to full sun, or is an graclis foliage accent in a dry garden in warm regions. The will flower during all seasons, though most often in early spring or early fall.


This population is within a well protected patch of tropical dry forest and is remarkable for still having small plants. The dense grove of B. Back to Beaucarnea index.

On relatively deep soil, it may reach heights of meters, but on exposed fracilis, the plants may be half that height. This image shows one large Beaucarnea at center and a smaller one at right. It is also related to the Tree Yuccas and branched like them at the top.

This species was described in the early 90s, despite growing in an area that is relatively well known floristically.

Mexican Pony Tail Palm, Sotolin

It can grow up to m in height in the ground but sometime i can reach imposing dimension up to 12 m overall Stem succulent caudex: Individuals of this species can reach more than 14 meters in circumference!

Because they are so avidly removed by collectors and nurserymen, it is very rare to find Beucarnea populations that still have small individuals. The leaves of this species are broader than those of B. Having been bred to endure dry air and drought, beaucagnea will survive for years in less than ideal conditions. This species beaucarnwa the most commonly cultivated member of the clade. Ideal Growing in a mediterranean climate it is an extraordinarily beautiful and gracefully unique form.

This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata beaucadnea may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. Like many Beaucarneasthis species often grows on steep hillsides, in this case with massive columnar cacti and groves of huge cycads. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.