Beaucarnea recurvata Lem.
Ponytail palm, elephant’s foot palm, bottle palm
The ponytail palm is not a true palm, though it is easy to understand why it is often mistaken for one. It is native to South Africa and central and southeastern Mexico.
Plants: Reaches 20-33' (6-10 m) in height, with a trunk 8-16" (20-40 cm) in diameter. Its caudex, a swelling at the base of the plant, stores water, and is the reason for the name “elephant’s foot palm.”
Leaves: Evergreen, linear, strap-shaped, 20-71" (50-180 cm) × ½-⅞" (1.5-2.5 cm), with finely serrated edges. The caudex can be as large as 9½' (3 m) in diameter.
Flowers: Only older trees (more than ten years old) produce flowers, which appear on large showy panicles 30-43" (75-110 cm) long. The panicles are large, but the flowers are tiny, ¹/₃₂" (1.5 mm) in diameter. They are greenish-white, with six tepals.
Fruits: Capsules about ⅜" (1.2 cm) long.
Edibility: Poisonous I found this listed in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Poisonous Plant Database, though I was not able to find details about it.
Beaucarnea recurvata on Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site
Beaucarnea recurvata on www.revolvy.com
Beaucarnea recurvata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 9-11: