Boojum tree

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Boojum Tree
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Three Boojum or Cirio trees
in central the Baja desert.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Ericales/Violales
Family:Fouquieriaceae
Genus:Fouquieria
Species:columnaris

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The Boojum or Cirio (Fouquieria columnaris) is a bizarre-looking tree native to the Baja California peninsula in the family Fouquieriaceae whose other members include the Ocotillos. Its name is derived from Lewis Carroll's poem "The Hunting of the Snark".

The trunk is up to 24 cm thick, with branches sticking out at right angles, all covered with small leaves (1.5-4 cm). They can grow to a height of 20 m. The flowers bloom in summer and autumn; they occur in short racemes, and are creamy yellow with a honey scent.

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