The Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris) is one of the most bizarre-looking plants in the world. Shaped like spiny upside down carrots, they never fail to interest. Fouquieria columnaris (Kellogg) Kellogg ex Curran Show All Show Tabs boojum tree. Image of Fouquieria columnaris. General Information. Symbol: FOCO3. boojum tree Fouquieriaceae Fouquieria columnaris (Kellogg) Kellogg ex Curran Listen to the Latin symbol: FOCO3 Leaf: Helically alternate, obovate, 1/2 to 1.

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Columnariss the range, winter rain is dependable, summer or early autumn rain occasional. Fouquieria columnaristhe Boojum tree or cirio American Spanish: Fouquieria columnaris Kellogg Kellogg ex Curran.

The main stem elongates only gouquieria winter and only after sufficient rain. I keep the pot outside all year long in partial shade. Back to Fouquieria index. The plant blooms during this dormancy, usually in July and August. Kellogg Kellogg ex Curran. I have a plant that I acquired about as a finger-sized specimen. Seedlings are mostly found beneath shrubs, in rock crevices, or beside rocks.

Idria columnaris Kellogg Fouquieria gigantea Orcutt. The branches are covered with large, sharp thorns. Back to Fouquieriaceae index. Otherwise it is dependent on what rain we get. The Hunting of the Snark: We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, we are also looking for better pictures than those already present. Mexico, as influenced by climate. The flowers bloom in summer and autumn; columnatis occur in short racemesand are columnariw yellow with a honey scent.


Fouuquieria has gained about one foot of height in all that time. On Jan 23,poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote: During columnarsi time, leaves which turn yellow or brown, or begin to drop are a sign of too little water. Enjoys lots of sun at a relatively young age and appreciates regular water during the winter and spring when it’s in leaf. Known as a cirio here where it’s from. Needs a very well drained soil mix. The leaves are transitory depending on water supply.

Very small plants should only be planted out if they can be protected from full sun by a bush or tree as they grow up. Fouquieria columnaris Kellogg Kellogg ex Curran Bull.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. While dormant, during the warm weather, Boojum trees require only enough water to keep them from shriveling.

Boojum Tree, Cirio

Cream white to yellow, subsessile, fragrant, crowded in the upper part of the inflorescences, mm long. Fouquieria columnarismuch better known under its old name Idria columnarisis a tall pachycaul tree looking like a great upturned carrot with scraggly little secondary branches heightening fouuqieria illusion with their resemblance to rootlets, and is one of the most unusual plants in the world.

University columnarid Arizona Press. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The forest can look almost like italian cypress when the Boojum are in full leaf.

Boojum Tree, Cirio Fouquieria columnaris

They are best planted in the fall, at the beginning of their growing cycle. Little or no apical growth is typical of most years. The plant only is in leaf for a short time of the year spring to early summer here in So Cal. Looks like an inverted carrot, sometimes with high branches in the trunk. Given this belief, the hypothesis that the Seri people transplanted it is doubtful. Sunburn will show up as a yellowing of the skin on the south or west side of the plant. Plants cokumnaris watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again.


Fouquieira old dry, straw-coloured inflorescences persisting for much of the year. In the cool weather, when the plant is actively growing, water a Boojum regularly. Contact Submit an Article Advertise.

The internal cylinder of wood in columnariis stern is often quite thin with much support coming from water stored in the trunk.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 Oct. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden. Stanford University Press, Stanford. Studded with xolumnaris lateral branches that carry the leaves, and then spines which are the hard remnant that’s left when the leaves fall.

Flowers appear regularly in summer July and August and seeds in late autumn October to mid-November. They can grow to a height of 20 meters almost 70 feet. It basically looks like a tall tapering pole with a few twig-like branches here and there. People of the desert and sea: I water it only a couple times a year, when the thornless hedgehog cactus in the pot with it starts to get too wrinkled. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ http: The gallery now contains thousands of pictures, however it is possible to do even more.

Grows very different in a pot compared to the ground.