Found this huge plant in
Nice round plants from Winco. 35 years old.
This member of the
family was described by Charles Lemaire. It's found in the south-eastern part of
Mexico. Give it lots of sun, well drained soil and some
water, and the caudex will grow to 3,6 meters in diameter, and the stem
will reach nine meters. It can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds. I
bought mine in Roskilde around 1980 and after it has survived many years
of over-watering, it died in 2006, after what I thought was the right
dryer winter treatment.
It is dioecious, but will only
start flowering when
it's 20 years old. Lots of
white/yellow/crème flowers give small fruits with 2-3 seeds.
This was my first caudiciform. It
hasn't had soil for 10 years, but
seems to grow fine. One year it suddenly grow a side-branch. I don't let it
go to dormancy, but it can. It can even stand frost (-7 C).
It will form several new
branches, if the first one is cut back. Only do this in the growing
The genera name after Monsieur
Beaucarne, a Belgian succulent plant grower who first collected
flowers of the genera. The species name means 'bent-back', and
refers to its long, curved leaves.
The family-name Nolinaceae comes from the French agriculturist P. C. Nolin.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of