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Family: NOLINACEAE  

 Beaucarnea purpusii
 

Photo by Vanessa Rojas.

  
Author:  Joseph Nelson Rose 1906
Family:  Nolinaceae
Habitat:  Central Mexico
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  1,5 metres
Height:  4 metres
Flower:  Crème
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm
Synonyms:  Tropicos: Beaucarnea stricta, Charles Lemaire 1861

Photo by Vanessa Rojas.

   This member of the Nolinaceae family was given this name by Joseph Nelson Rose in 1906. It is found in central Mexico, growing in a well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to a meter and a half centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to four metres in height. The flowers are crème coloured.

Mark E. Olsen write: Beaucarnea purpusii is restricted in its distribution to a few relatively high dry tropical localities. It is remarkable for being highly branched, often with many stout trunks and a relatively slender base. The leaves of this species are broader than those of Beaucarnea stricta, which grows nearby, and can accumulate along the branches in very dense, long-lived mats. Like the other dryland species of the clade, the bark of Beaucarnea purpusii is very thick and furrowed.