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Photo on location by Mark Olson.


The caudex and Mark Olson.


The branches by Mark Olson.


Habitat photos by Mark Olson, who can tell: It grows in tropical deciduous forest with Bursera, Pachycereus, Pilosocereus, Conzattia, Cnidoscolus, Manihot, Agave, Suberogerens, and many other succulent-stemmed plants as well as many woody legumes.

Author: V. Rojas & L. Alvarado-Cardenas, 2016
Family:  NOLINACEAE*
Origin:   Central Mexico
Soil:  Mix - Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  80-130 Centimetres
Height:  3-5 Metres
Flower:   Cream Coloured
Propagate Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Olson's Beaucarnea
Synonyms:  -

This great looking member of the Nolinaceae* family was given this name by Vanessa Rojas and Leonardo Alvarado-Cardenas in 2016. It is found in Iz˙car de Matamoros, south-western Puebla, central southern Mexico, at 1297 metres height. It is growing in a well drained soil with some organic matter, and with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 130 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to five centimetres in height. The flowers are cream coloured.

It is only known form a 100 Km2 area, and only 25 large plants and a few seedlings have been found.

The genera name after Monsieur Beaucarne, a Belgian succulent plant grower who first collected flowers of the genera. The species is named after Dr. Mark E. Olson, who found the plant.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Nolinaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.
It was described as a member of the Ruscaceae in 2016.


A seedling by Mark Olson.


A young plant, Photo by Mark Olsen.