Plant ID forum: Anyone know this one?

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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Jan 11, 2018 12:32 PM CST
I picked this Beaucarnea [Pony Tail Palm] up a few years ago and I am now looking to find the cultivar name.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 12, 2018 7:40 AM CST
For a long time the only kind you could get in the United States was Mexican ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata).

However, in the last few years the Guatemalan species (Beaucarnea guatemalensis) has turned up, and it is more likely to have red tints (especially in high light conditions).

I don't know how the Guatemalan species got here (if it was imported, if it was accidental, if it's been here forever but unrecognized) and I also do not know easy ways to distinguish them because they're closely related.

I've seen "regular" ponytail palms (B. recurvata) with red leaves, too, and my gut instinct tells me that they will respond in the same way to high light as their Guatemalan relatives, even if the degree is lessened (i.e. their leaves will darken up, but not as much).

This response probably isn't very helpful, but I would say it's likely not a cultivar of B. recurvata, but, rather, the type species for B. guatemalensis and it has received lots of light and is healthy and red. Being in Florida, this is even more likely because you'll get really good light conditions for it there.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Plumerias Dog Lover
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ScotTi
Jan 15, 2018 5:08 PM CST
Jai, Thanks! I also am thinking B. Guatemalensis.

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