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Elephant Leg / Sotolin

Beaucarnea gracilis


They are called Elephant legs because the base of these trees look like one. I found some very old and large individuals, some of them 800 years old. See the last photo for scale. They are desert plants, they store water on the base of the trunk and the leaves are very slender to avoid evaporation.


Biosphere Reserve Theuacan - Cuautitlan in the Zapotitlan Basin.

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LuisStevens 9 years ago

Thank you Mark and armadeus

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Thank you Daniele for the honor.

armadeus.4 9 years ago

Magnificent! I'm reminded of the Boabs here in the Kimberley. Thank you for sharing this lovely series Luis :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago it's an Asparagus!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Ooh almost missed this gem. Great tree and series Luis. Congrats.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congratulations Luis! Your spotting has been chosen for Project Noah Fact of the Day: "Xerophytes (from the Greek “xeros”, meaning dry, and “phuton”, meaning plant) are plants which have adapted to life in a dry environment, such as desert. Xerophytic plants tend to have similar shapes and structures, all aimed at conserving water. The spectacular Beaucarnea shown below has an enlarged tree trunk for water storage, and narrow leaves to decrease water loss through evaporation. Plants with xerophytic adaptation are also found in alpine and arctic environments, where water is unavailable during periods of frost.
Elephant Leg (Beaucarnea gracilis) spotted in Oaxaca, Mexico, by Project Noah user LuisStevens".

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Indeed Dan.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago


LuisStevens 9 years ago

There are thousands of them Lauren.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Amazing Luis! I´ve never seen these! Can´t believe it is found in Oaxaca!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Thank you Neil, I was really impressed when I saw them. They are truly living monuments.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Wow. Great spotting, Luis. I've never seen these before. Not dissimilar to the boabs of Aust. and baobabs of Africa. Different family, but your spotting is no less impressive. 800 yrs is amazing.

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Si Nacho, son muy especiales.

Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 9 years ago

Sorprendente, como si fuese vegetacion de otro mundo!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

They really are Ava, and there were hundreds of them.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago


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Oaxaca, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 30, 2015
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015

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