8 responses to “Fouquieria columnaris”

  1. Margaret Morgan

    Strange indeed! Where does this plant originate? I’m guessing somewhere very dry, given the small leaves growing out of the trunk.

  2. Michael F

    It’s from Baja California

  3. Beverley

    Fouquieria columnaris – USDA 9b – 11 – http://www.desert-tropicals.com

  4. Eric La Fountaine

    The boojum tree is native to Baja and pockets of Sonora, Mexico. It truly is a strange looking tree! It’s worth a Google™ Image Search to view its peculiar form.

  5. abgardeneer

    Specimens can be seen at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, east of Phoenix.

  6. Bobbie

    The link to the Sietz was awesome….but for me I’ll just have to stick to my scanner:)

  7. Daniel Mosquin

    There’s a great specimen photograph of one in this month’s issue (September 2006) of National Geographic.

  8. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Many of us have commented on how we’ve been enjoying some of the “otherworldly” flowers and plants in recent weeks.
    Now poking around in the pages of 3 years ago, I find a wonderful TREE that could have come from another planet!
    A quote taken from the Virginia Tech Forestry page (link in the write-up above):
    “Straight, single tapering trunk (up to 50 feet tall) with few branches but numerous small twigs. Looks a bit like an upside down large carrot. VERY UNUSUAL, considered by many to be the strangest looking tree on earth. They resemble something from a science fiction book.”

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