Beaucarnea



Beaucarnea is a genus of small tropical xerophytic trees in the family Ruscaceae, comprising four species. It is native to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Beaucarnea recurvata or ponytail palm, is the most commonly seen species. It is often grown as a house plant in temperate regions.

Beaucarnea, 6-10 m tall, has a flared base and 20-40 cm diameter trunk. The leaves are evergreen, strap-shaped, linear, 0.5-1.8 m long and 1.5-2 cm broad, leathery in texture with a finely serrated margin. Young plant is single-stemmed, branching only after flowering. The flowers, which come in large panicles of 75-110 cm long, can only produce on old trees. Each flower is tiny, 1.5 mm diameter, greenish-white with six-tepals.

Beaucarnea recurvataBeaucarnea recurvata
Author: Berthold Werner (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Beaucarnea recurvataBeaucarnea recurvata
Author: iRaS (public domain)

Flared base of Beaucarnea recurvataFlared base of Beaucarnea recurvata
Author: Kurt Stueber (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Flowers of Beaucarnea recurvataFlowers of Beaucarnea recurvata
Author: Hedwig Storch (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Adult specimen of Beaucarnea gracilisAdult specimen of Beaucarnea gracilis
Author: Kauderwelsch (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Beaucarnea gracilisBeaucarnea gracilis
Author: Jutta234 (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany)

Beaucarnea pliabilisBeaucarnea pliabilis
Author: Kurt Stueber (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

 Index of 690 Plants in The Flowering Garden





Copyright © 2008-2018 The Flowering Garden. All Rights Reserved.