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Ponytail Palm

Popular name: Ponytail palm
Scientific name: Beaucarnea recurvata

Pata-de-elefante Inhotim
Another common name comes from the similarity of its large base with an elephant’s foot. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

The ponytail palm is a shrub that can reach up to 5 meters high, of semi-woody texture and sculptural aspect. Although it is similar to a palm tree, it belongs to another botanic family.

Native to the desert regions of Texas (USA) and Mexico, the ponytail palm retains a lot of water in its spongy inside. Due to its slow growth and curious format, it is also very used to decorate inside spaces, yards, and porches.

Pata-de-elefante Inhotim
Curiously ornamental, the trunk has a dilated base to store water. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Pata-de-elefante Inhotim
The thin leaves make the tip of the twigs look like hair. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Pata-de-elefante Inhotim
Due to its slow growth, the species might be cultivated in a pot when young. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.


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