A genus of flowering plants endemic to Mexico and Central America. All species within this genus are xerophytic trees, meaning that they have adapted to survive with very little water. They all have swollen trunks used to store water.
They are also dioecious, meaning that male and female plants are separate. Flowers erupt from the very tip in later summer through fall. The genus has had a turbulent life with the classifiers and is still often referred to as Nolina. While there are 30 species in this genus, the one that everyone knows is Beaucarnea recurvata, the Ponytail Palm.
Name Derivation: Named for Jean-Baptiste Beaucarne, 19th century Belgian plant collector
Beaucarnea is in the family Asparagaceae.