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Cirio; Boojum tree

Fouquieria columnaris


Thick trunk with thin branches sticking out at all angles, from top to bottom. Branches covered seasonally with small dark-green leaves.


Baja California and Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico.


Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. This specimen is in its native desert habitat, though not strictly speaking a sighting "in the wild". The English name "Boojum tree" was invented by Godfrey Sykes, of the Arizona Desert Lab, a reference to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark".

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jan 25, 2019
Submitted on Mar 4, 2020

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