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Beaucarnea recurvata-Monte Palace Funchal, Madeira

Observed: 17th October 2009 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Nolina recurvata 3
Nolina recurvata
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An observation on iSpot yesterday of this plant as a house plant prompted me to put up these images of mature Beaucarneas in Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Madeira.Also known under the synonym of Nolina recurvata, and has been placed in a number of families including Agavaceae, Dracaeniaceae but now placed in the Asparagaceae family.Also known as Bottle Palm and Elephants Foot.Native to SE Mexico.

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Jonathan's picture

Native to Mexico, I believe.

Native to Mexico, I believe.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Tony Rebelo's picture

Mostly aliens??

My impression is that most of Madeira is alien and native to 'somewhere else".

And that excludes the garden plants (everything seems to grow here).

Have just created a project for the island: http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/madeira

PS: dont argue with the natives: Protea cynaroides, Crocosmia, Gladiolus, Agapanthus, Pincushions, Crane Flowers and other plants for sale or in gardens are indigenous - nay endemic - to Madeira and dont you ever dream otherwise!

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Madeira

Hi Tony,
Interested in your Madeiran project,I visited there in 2009, you may find this link to my flickkr photos of interest:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/botanicaldave/sets/72157633099484579

David J Trevan

Tony Rebelo's picture

Very nice!

But I stayed away from the gardens!! Only 3 days, so to my regret missed out on the Botanical Gardens as well.

Will be back, but earlier in the season next time: hayfever horrendous! All these alien Med grasses:: all my nightmare species present: Avena, Briza, Lolium!

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Beaucarnea

Yes, I've just added the origin to my observation!

David J Trevan