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Ponytail palm

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Fri Mar 2 05:20:35 EST 2001

Cereoid wrote:

> The "Ponytail Palm" is Beaucarnea  recurvata.  It normally does not form
> suckers.

All 4 Beaucarneas DO form suckers, particularly under stress.  The other
Beaucarnea often sold as "Ponytail Palm" is B. gracilis.  The easiest to spot
morphological distinction is that recurvata
has long, thin bright green leaves, and gracilis' leaves are more gray-blue and
glaucous.  Here in the South West, it's simply sold as the "Blue Ponytail".

My ONLY reason for mentioning that is because this fairly common "Ponytail Palm"
suckers on an older caudex like a Calibanus!
Now, Steve, you're guilty of doing just what you chide others for having done.
Given an opinion for a common name without considering the other plants of the
same common name.

To have a Beaucarnea gracilis grown past seedling stage without at least one
lateral shoot would be unusual.

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