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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The onset of leaf buds, or the sudden appearance of leaves marks the end of the dormant period. Grows very different in a pot compared to the ground. Otherwise it is dependent on what rain we get. 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. The branches are covered with large, sharp thorns. This page was last edited on 14 Februaryat Leaves will reappear and growth will resume sometime after mid-September, occasionally as late as November.

I do not treat it well. The wood is soft and easily bruised and bark grey-green, soft and smooth. This weakens the stems, causing them to bend. The tallest known plant was estimated to be The main stem elongates only in winter and only after sufficient rain.

It can be trained as a bonsai, pinch and prune plants in spring and summer but taper off in autumn so the tree can store energy for the winter instead of using it to put on new growth before resting. In growth it supports the leaf. Lateral branches numerous spirally arranged, non-succulent, slender and spreading, usually 1 metre or less in length 5-mm in diameter with stout spines mm long.


The gallery now contains thousands of pictures, however it is possible to do even more. Other soil amendments are not necessary.

Back to Fouquieriaceae index. Also a couple of populations in the state of Sonora. Retrieved from ” https: It has gained about one foot of height in all that time. Back to Fouquieria index.

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Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert. I keep the pot outside all year long in partial shade. In contrast columnar Cacti remain upright through drought because the pleated stems allow shrinkage without compromising rigidity. This tree grows up to 20 m tall. Trunk main axiscolumnar metres tall white barked as much as in diameter near the base slenderly tapering upwards, unbranched or sometimes with one to several major branches from the upper part of the plant: Be careful that the plant is not placed in an area columnsris accumulates water, or is in the fall columnari a roofdrip line.

Plants in the ground, which are over 1 mt tall, do well with regular watering every weeks during the cool season.

Fouquieria columnaris in Baja California are often taller than those in Sonora and sometimes reach m. The thorns can be hazardous.

While dormant, during the warm weather, Boojum trees require only enough water to keep them fouquiwria shriveling. The plant blooms during this dormancy, usually in July and August. The curling branches and leaders can look like arms reaching down to capture those passing beneath. University of Arizona Press. Woody cylinder thin, about as thick as bark, greatly exceeded by large succulent central pith.


Plants Profile for Fouquieria columnaris (boojum tree)

Corolla narrowly campanulate mm long. They grow intermixed with Cardon cactus I have a plant that I acquired about as a finger-sized specimen. This is a really bizzare succulent often used in large botanical gardens as peculariarities in their xeriscape sections. It basically looks like a tall tapering pole with a few twig-like branches here and there.

Post a comment about this plant. The Coluumnaris name for this plant is cototaj Seri pronunciation: The flowers have a strong, sweet honeycomb fragrance and produce a noticeably sweetened nectar, and are visited by a fokquieria of insects, including 15 species of bees as well as various beetles, ants, and butterflies as well as hummingbirds.

Fouquieria columnaris – Wikipedia

Stigmas minutely 3-lobed, relatively short. Flowers appear regularly in summer July and August and seeds in late autumn October to mid-November. Plants are watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. I have one growing in a pot for the last 10 years.

Boojum trees are fairly slow growing, so they will remain happily in a container for a very long time. As water is lost during dry seasons, horizontal air cavities develop in the trunk.