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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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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: Long-pedicellate 3-winged capsules, about 9 x 9 mm broad. This clade forms part of the thesis project of Vanessa Rojas, below right.

It needs moderate water when actively growing, little water the rest of the time, if established. Grandtner “Elsevier’s Dictionary of Trees: The leaves of this species are broader than those of B. This species can grow on vertical rock faces, as at left, or lend a surreal effect to dense woods on flat ground, as below.

Mexican Pony Tail Palm, Sotolin

This species grows in dense woods, where its tall, slender stems poke above the canopy in rocky areas. Fairly large individuals are shown in the two photos at left. The dense grove of B. The species is dioecious there are male and female plantsflowers every year.

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It is a tough plant. It was reviewed on 15 August by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by Having been bred to endure dry air and drought, it will survive for years in less than ideal conditions. Retrieved from ” https: None of them have flowered yet. It can stay in the same pot for a number of years since it prefers to be a bit rootbound.


The plants were much smaller than in the grove shown above. It can stay in the same pot for a number of years since it prefers to be a beaucwrnea rootbound. The gallery now contains thousands of pictures, however it is possible to do even more. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars gracilix plants belonging to the Beaucarnea gracilis group. Conservation Biology 11 2: 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.

Note the long, pendant flower stalk and the way the leaves cover the stem in a dense mat. Summary [ edit ] Description Beaucarnea gracilis Puebla.

Views View Edit History. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata. Retrieved from ” https: Its name “gracilis”, meaning “slender”, is misleading, as its trunk is especially bulbous.

Beaucarnea gracilis Photo by: Beaucarnea gracilis in wild, Puebla, Mexico. All species of the Beaucarnea-Calibanus clade have bloated stem bases and long grassy leaves.

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, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base, it is related to the well-known ponytail plant Nolina recurvata.

Views Read Edit View history. It is also related to the Tree Yuccas and branched like them at the top. It was formerly known as Nolina gracilis. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.

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


Beaucarnea gracilis f. variegata

One such group is the clade a group of related species made up by the genera Beaucarnea and Calibanuswhich are members of Ruscaceae. Variegated form The variegated form is a very desirable plant but still rare. It is a very tolerant plant that can withstand temperatures of -5 Celsius degrees for short periods, but its exact hardiness is unknown. This species grows in dry tropical scrub and has very narrow, stiff bluish leaves. In many cases, the stems are covered with lichens, mosses, and epiphytic bromeliads and cacti, as at below right.

Beaucarnea gracilis

Back to Beaucarnea index. The trunk becomes extremely large and gracili a sparse coverage of short and sparsely branching branches which can grow up to 20—23 feet.

Outdoor it needs heavy soil with excellent drainage and circulating dry air. This large individual had its trunk carpeted with the cactus Selenicereus testudoalong with agaves, orchids, bromeliads, and even a seedling of Plumeria. These grow in San Diego County North seven ‘Crow miles’ from the Eastern Pacific and experience cool gentle winds from the Seaunlike the NW winter winds that blast subfreezing winds from the snow-capped Palomar Mts.

Back to Dracaenaceae index. Outdoor it needs heavy soil with excellent drainage and circulating dry air. The flowers are tiny, yellow and white and grow in vast numbers, but only on very old individuals.

It prefers sandy soil, sunny position and infrequent watering, and does well in a cool wintering. This rgacilis contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.