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Boojum tree or (Spanish) cirio

Fouquieria columnaris


The trunk of the Boojun Tree, is up to 24 cm thick, with branches sticking out at right angles, all covered with small sheet of 1.5 to 4 cm long. They can reach a height of 20 m. The flowers appear in summer and autumn are a few small clusters, and are of a creamy yellow color with a smell of honey.


This plant is endemic to the desert of Baja California

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Boojum Tree
Fouquieria columnaris Fouquieria columnaris

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Tere R
Tere R 10 years ago

Gracias Luis.

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Muy buenas fotos alfytere

Tere R
Tere R 10 years ago

Brandon you are right, that's the plan, thanks for the ID, I will correct the spot.

Tere R
Tere R 10 years ago

Happens to me seems a very interesting plant Ava, thank you for the reference guide.

BrandonBlount 10 years ago

What's really neat about this tree, is that it's native only to Baja California, and found nowhere else in the wild. Very science fiction looking, sort of resembling an upside down carrot.

Great Spotting!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Here's a Baja Sur plant guide, but I don't see your plant on it!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

This is a very cool plant; I hope someone can identify it because I'd love to know what it is.

Tere R
Spotted by
Tere R

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 16, 2009
Submitted on May 16, 2012

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