Plant ID forum: Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata); on a square in Rio de Janeiro

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 7, 2015 3:39 AM CST
While waiting for a bus in Rio, I used my time to photograph this beautiful plant at a plant store on a square. I have no clue where to search, for a moment I thought maybe an agave, but probably not?

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
May 7, 2015 6:46 AM CST
Those tiny flowers remind me of Cissus (?????surely not...) and the colorful bloom is surely Arundina.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 7, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Shrug! ?Cordyline pumilio/Dwarf Cabbage Palm?
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Name: Ron
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rattlebox
May 7, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Looks like a Beaucarnia species
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 7, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Thank you all! Smiling So far Beaucarnia sp. looks the closest.
The flowers of this one look like a match; Beaucarnea recurvata, but the tree-like stem not, could the plant have been a young specimen...
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/image-display.php?specie...
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 7, 2015 8:00 AM CST
The stem from which the flower buds sprout look similar to mine too..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlTisK8zuXg
I think it is Beaucarnea recurvata, do you agree?
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 7, 2015 8:11 AM CST
I see we have a lot of entries in our database! The arrangement of the leaves along the stem look to match too!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
May 7, 2015 8:39 AM CST
Fascinating blooms on that one! Learned something new!! Smiling
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 7, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Me too! Thumbs up
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
May 7, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Yes, classic Beaucarnea recurvata.

This plant is impressive to me, as though it is from the American desert, it thrives here in over 200 inches per year rain.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 7, 2015 2:14 PM CST
Lovely Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
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