Elephant’s Foot Tree
The Elephant’s Foot Tree (Beaucarnea recurvata) is a flowering tropical, evergreen, perennial plant in the Asparagaceae family. It is also known as the Ponytail Palm. It is not a true palm.
It is native to the Yucatan Peninsula in southeast Mexico.
It grows to 100-200 centimetres (39-78 inches) tall indoors. It is a slow-growing houseplant.
The trunk grows to 20-40 centimetres (8-16 inches) in diameter with a flared base that looks like an elephant’s foot.
The perpetual leaves of the Elephant’s Foot Tree are evergreen, leathery, and recurved, that look like very long straps measuring up to 150 centimetres (59 inches) and 2 centimetres (less than an inch) wide.
Only old trees have flowers in the form of panicles 75-110 centimetres (30-43 inches) long with numerous small greenish-white flowers.
Photographed in Paris, France, March 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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