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Photo by Mark E. Olson.

Flower photo by PalmBob.

Photo from Zelene Listy.

Author:  Charles Lemaire, 1861
Origin:  SW Mexico
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3,5 Metres
Height:  5 Metres
Flower:  Crème - Maroon
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm
Synonyms:  Beaucarnea purpusii, Joseph Nelson Rose, 1906.
Beaucarnea glauca, Hereman.
Dasylirion laxiflorum, Baker.
Dasylirion strictum, J.F.Macbr.
Nolina glauca, Mottet.
Nolina stricta, Mottet.
Pincenectia glauca, K.Koch & Fintelm.
Pincenectia stricta, K.Koch & Fintelm.

This member of the Nolinaceae family was given this name by Charles Lemaire in 1861. It is found in the south-western Mexico, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow up to three and a half meter in diameter and reach five meters in height. The flowers are from crème coloured to maroon.

The genera name after Monsieur Beaucarne, a Belgian succulent plant grower who first collected flowers of the genera. The species name means 'tight, close, strait, drawn together'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Nolinaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.

I did see a lot of wild plants in Mexico, but this one is from a botanical garden!