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Small Flowered Beargrass Tree
A spectacular, tall, freely branching Beargrass Tree, superficially resembling a Cordyline australis but with a more robust habit and thicker trunk. Older plants develop a dense petticoat of old leaves below the crown, which in habitat is often burnt off by wildfires that leave fire-blackened, gnarled trunks. Despite being widespread in dry areas throughout the central Mexican states at altitudes around 2400 m (8000 ft.), it is, inexplicably, not widely cultivated.