The collection houses a variety of monocots. One of them is Beaucarnea recurvata, commonly known as the ponytail palm. Despite its appearance and common name, the species is not a true palm. Its name comes from the giant tuft of leathery leaves growing from the top of the plant that can look like the tail of a horse. When the plant has reached about 10 years of age, it will produce a big inflorescence full of small white flowers. The ponytail palm’s most prominent feature has to be its trunk. Since the plant is native to eastern Mexico, where there are long dry seasons, the base of the trunk is expanded to store water. Due to its unique appearance, the ponytail palm has been cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.