Beaucarnea recurvata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Beaucarnea recurvata Lem
  • Synonyms : Beaucarnea inermis (S.Watson) Rose, Beaucarnea tuberculata Roezl
  • Common Name : Elephant's Foot Tree, Ponytail Palm
  • Common Name Details :

    Though it is commonly called Pony Tail Palm, they are not palms, or even closely related to palms.

  • Plant Family : Asparagaceae
  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 18, 21

About Beaucarnea recurvata Plant :

  • Habit : An evergreen, perennialwith a remarkable expanded caudex, for the purpose of storing water inside.
  • Stem :
    • Palm-like and swollen at the base.
    • The swollen trunk is basically a water storage structure enabling these plants to survive long periods without any water.
    • This water storing capacity is makes these plants 'Succulents'.
  • Leaves : Strap-shaped, recurved and leathery produced in tufts at the terminal end of the stem.
  • Flowers : Flowers are borne on a large branched inflorescence which bear thousands of minute pale yellow to cream colored flowers.
  • Seeds : Orange-reddish, covered in flattish, colored husks.
  • Significance :
    • It is generally popular as an ornamental plant, often grown as a houseplant or outdoor plant in temperate climate gardens.
    • It is one of the most popular plants in cultivation, for both pot culture and landscaping, throughout the world.
    • It is best known for its response to sound waves, growing faster in loud populated areas.