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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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. The beaucarnes base with its corky bark of much battered appearance, resembles a giant elephant’s foot.

It is also related to the Tree Yuccas and branched like them at the top. It can grow up to m in height in the ground but sometime it can reach imposing dimension up to 12 m overall Stem succulent caudex: 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.


It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems. The trunk is covered with much gnarled, thick and fissured grey to brown corky bark that ages graciliis polygonal or rectangular plates that would look at home on a pine tree Leaves: Persistent, in open rosettes, very narrow cm long, similar to those of Beaucarnea strictabut thinner mm wide versus mm of B.

The leaves grow from the top like a ponytail hence the popular common name Flowers: Radially symmetric, numerous, very small, in a wide terminal panicle. Each flower shortly stalked and slightly fragrant. The species is dioecious there are male and female plantsflowers every year.

Long-pedicellate 3-winged capsules, about 9 x 9 mm broad. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Beaucarnea gracilis group. It is having a hard time in the wild, since too many bracilis are digging up the small plants to use them as grwcilis. Major references and further lectures 1 James Cullen, Sabina G. Grandtner “Elsevier’s Dictionary of Trees: North America” Elsevier, 08 April It is a very tolerant plant that can withstand temperatures of -5 Celsius degrees for short periods, but its exact hardiness is unknown.

Because of its extreme gracilie 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. Might look its best in a vase shaped terra cotta pot to allow the leaves to drape downwards.


It needs moderate water when actively growing, little water the neaucarnea of the time, if established. Outdoor it needs heavy soil with excellent drainage and circulating dry air.

Beaucarnea gracilis

It is a tough plant. Having been bred to endure dry air and drought, it will survive for years in less than ideal conditions. It can stay in the same graclis for a number of years since it prefers to be a bit rootbound. Beaucarnea gracilis Photo by: See all synonyms of Beaucarnea gracilis.

It is a small tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base. Send a photo of this plant.

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