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Family: NOLINACEAE 

 Calibanus hookeri
 

 

  
Author:  William Trelease 1911
Family:  Nolinaceae
Habitat:  Mexico
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  1 meter
Height:  50 centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Sacamencate
Synonyms:  Nolina hookeri Rowley 1990, Dasylirion hookeri Lemaire 1859. Beaucarnea hookeri Baker 1872. Calibanus caespitosus Rose 1906.
Got it from:  Llandilo, Au + Honselersdijk Nl
Year:  2002 + 2004

The male  flowers.

Photo by Eric Winegar.

   This member of the Nolinaceae family was first described by Sir William Hooker as Dasylirion hartwegianum (by mistake). Then by Lemaire in 1859, as Dasylirion hookeri. In 1911 William Trelease moved it to the Calibanus genesis. Its found in Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where it grows in grit and enjoys quite some water in the short growing-period and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to one meter in diameter, but the grass-like leaves will only get half a meter long. The clusters of flowers are pink, and it can not be reproduced by cuttings of the caudex (or leafs). I found my first small one in Llandilo, Australia in 2002.

It is dioecious, I don't know what I got. 

The name Calibanus is after Shakespeare's monster Caliban.

Maybe it was re-named by G.D. Rowley in 1990, as Nolina hookeri. Despite of its differences in seeds.

Uni. of Connecticut list Calibanus hookeri as Agavaceae.
The International Plant Names Index list Nolina hookeri as Dracaenaceae.
Missouri Botanical Garden list Nolina hookeri as Liliaceae.
Steven Jankalski list Calibanus hookeri as Nolinaceae.

The male  flowers.