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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It prefers sandy soil, sunny position and infrequent watering, and does well in a cool wintering. There are 5 of these growing in patio atrium.

Fairly large individuals are shown in the two photos at left. Beaucarnea gracilis can grow well in many climates. Because of its extreme drought tolerance, it makes a great container plant for light shade to full sun, or is an excellent foliage accent in a dry garden in warm regions. The flowers are tiny, yellow and white and grow in vast numbers, but only on very old individuals.

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It is a small tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical garcilis, 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. The three photos below show various aspects of a large plant in fruit. It is a tough plant. As is the above species, B.

We moved them here 30 years ago.


Beaucarnea gracilis Photo by: The leaves of this species are broader than those of B. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Beaucaenea references and further lectures 1 James Cullen, Sabina G. Views View Edit History. It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems.

The forest in this area is so dense that it is hard to take photos that do the plants justice.

The dense grove of B. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Beaucarnea gracilis group.

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It is a very tolerant plant that can withstand temperatures of -5 Beaucarnsa degrees for short periods, but its exact hardiness is unknown. The plants were much smaller than in the grove shown above. 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: This species grows in dense woods, where its tall, slender stems poke above the canopy in rocky areas.

The individuals in this population are often 10 meters in circumference and about the same height! Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beaucarnea gracilis. See all synonyms of Beaucarnea gracilis. This species can grow on vertical rock faces, as at left, or lend a surreal effect to dense woods on flat ground, as below. Visit our people page to see who’s working on this striking group.

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Summary [ edit ] Description Beaucarnea gracilis Puebla. Grailis many cases, the stems are covered with lichens, mosses, and epiphytic bromeliads and gracils, as at below right. It needs moderate water when actively growing, little water the rest of the time, if established.


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

Each flower shortly stalked and slightly fragrant. Amante Darmanin from Malta.

Its name “gracilis”, meaning “slender”, is misleading, as its trunk is especially bulbous. Views Read Edit View history. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden. It is similar bewucarnea the common Pony-tail Plant except that it has leaves striped with various colours of white, cream, and several shades of yellow and green.

Ecological status of Beaucarnea gracilisan endemic species of the semiarid Tehuacan Valley, Mexico. Ongoing phylogenetic studies will reveal valuable information regarding the relationships within this remarkably varied clade.

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This image was taken toward the end of the dry season. Like the other dryland species of the clade, the bark of B.

You can get an idea of the size of the massive conical trunk of these plants, and of the relatively short branches of these individuals. It is closely related to the Tree Yuccas and beaucarneq like them at the top. Major references and further lectures 1 James Cullen, Sabina G.

On May 12,thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote: In contrast to many other members of the clade, the leaves of B.