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Old 10-08-2010, 05:44 PM
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Default Beaucarnea gracilis

These are really cool. They almost seem to be identical to b. sticta. One of them is flowering right now for the first time. They seem to get some nice blue to them when they get about 2 to 3 feet tall.

Anyone else growing these? or any other unusual beaucarnea? Lets see some pics!

Sorry for the sideways pics!
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:49 PM
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few more pics of b. gracilis
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:39 AM
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I have been growing B. gracilis off and on for about 10 years, but do not have any of flowering size as mine are all in pots. I have some B. goldmanii germinated, and hope to get them to a small, sale-able size next year. I have one B. stricta which is distinguishable from B. gracilis by the leaves of B. stricta being about twice the width of those on B. gracilis.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:04 AM
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Habitat shot coming up...
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:06 AM
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Also B. stricta, though I couldn't get close because of the gradient.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:01 PM
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wow those pics are crazy looking in habitat! They look like they go through some serious trauma and stress.....shows how tough these guys really are! Thanks for the pics!

I've got hundreds of b sticta seedlings if anyone is looking to grow some!
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Nice shots Paul. I love to see B. gracilis in habitat. Where was the B. stricta? That is a great specimen.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:57 AM
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Hi Greg

Yes, around Oaxaca/Puebla borders B. gracilis is quite a feature of the landscape, isn't it. I think that particular plant was the biggest and oldest I have seen. Lots of lovely old Dasylirion ludium there, too.

Beaucarnea stricta isn't so obvious - at least, not where I have been, anyway. Just saw this one population which was, as the crow flies, around 25km SSE of Huajuapan. Narrowing it down a little further it was near a place called Santo Domingo Yodohino along one of those glorious wild roads that aren't on the GuiaRoji map where you see no trace of humanity other than the road you are on. We were having a lax day - we'd been to Monte Alban in the morning and had all afternoon to get to Huajuapan so we just followed our noses. An interesting road, as it turned out (it didn't always!) with loads of big organ pipe cacti and some gorgeous Agave americana ssp oaxacensis.

This was the view uphill at this spot and the second pic the agave:
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:38 AM
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Much as I hate the idea of replying to my own thread, in the course of some reading today I have realised that the plant I encountered above and had ascribed as B. stricta is, in fact, Beaucarnea purpusii. That certainly answers a few questions I had in my head about plants I saw in the botanic garden in Oaxaca!
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I have a sizeable, multi-headed Nolina (Beaucarnea) gracilis I brought back thirty years ago from Zapotitlan Salinas (Puebla), a valley south of Tehuacan where gracilis is (was?) numerous and large.
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Albeit not at all that splendid .. some botanical gardens in Germany have stately specimens of Beaucarnea gracilis (Fig. 1: BG Bochum).

And sometimes, old specimens of Beaucarnea or Dasylirion may even bloom .. such as Beaucarnea recurvata (Fig. 2) or Dasylirion quadrangulatum (Figs. 3 & 4, both in the same Bot. Gard.). A rare event in greenhouse cultivation in Germany!
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Sorry I'm late to this thread.
But I just came to it by a Google search.

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