Help me ID this! Please!

by Morgan
(Ohio)

Beaucarnea recurvata

Beaucarnea recurvata

Beaucarnea recurvata

I am in need of some help ID'ing this plant. Thanks in advance. Its located in a greenhouse in northeastern Ohio.

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Sep 22, 2014
Pony Tail Palm
by: Jacki

This is called by the common name of Pony Tail Palm, for obvious reasons (looks just like someone with a pony tail of hair coming out of their head!).

The botanical name is Beaucarnea recurvata - two more descriptive terms; 'beau' means beautiful, 'carnea' means red, and 'recurvata' means curling back on itself.

So, Beautiful Red Curling plant would be an approximate translation of the Latin name.

The ones in your picture are obviously fairly old; it takes a long time for the bulb part to get to that kind of size. If these are expensive, this is why.

They do bloom, and apparently the flowers are white, but I couldn't find a picture of it flowering. They are grown from seed, and can't be grown any other way.

They are not hardy, so have to be grown indoors as a house plant for winter in colder areas.

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