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Caudiciforms: Looks like Beaucarnea recurvata, but....

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Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #5091165

Its got a coarser trunk and caudex. I am pained to describe it better, but the bark was deeply incised, much like many common tree species in the mid latitudes. And the bark was dark brown. Its in a 3 gallon pot, stands about 18 inches tall, with an exposed caudex about 6" in diameter. The trunk was about 12" long from the soil.

Is there a relative to B recurvata that meets this description?

I found it today while in my local HD, while searching for strays.
Austin, TX

July 6, 2008
3:39 AM

Post #5210513

Yes---there are a number of Nolina (the genus Beaucarnea is now included in Nolina) relatives that are possibilities. There is also a Chuihuahuan desert plant called Calabanus hookeri that is similar although it generally has several leaf/stem bundles erupting from its caudex---not just a single one as many Nolina's do.

Is it single headed or several? Are the leaves stiff or similar to N. recurvata?
Colton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 13, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #5249876

beaucarnea stricta? Hookeri looks like an incised rock with long stemmed grass (maybe 6"-10") growing in clumps out of it. Your description doesn't sound like hookeri. Stricta stems are real long, almost like some yuccas or even longer. In a big plant 3' or more. I think the common name is mexican grass tree. Looks a lot different in a pot than in the landscape.

This message was edited Jul 12, 2008 7:14 PM
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 13, 2008
4:21 AM

Post #5250048

B. stricta sounds about right. Wondering if it is still available? May have to check tomorrow.
Austin, TX

July 13, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5253948

The suggestion of N.stricta is a good one. It has shorter, stiffer leaves than N.recurvata----and it is often naturally multiheaded.
Colton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 13, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5254001

stricta is real, real slow growing. I have had one outside in the landscaping for six years and although it gets bigger (the leaves/blades get longer) it has yet to show a trunk above ground. It just sits there with no visable above ground stem. The grass like foliage is at least four feet long now and very pretty but I am impatient for it to start looking like a tree.

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