boojum tree


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boo·jum

or boo·jum tree  (bo͞o′jəm)
n.
A deciduous tree (Fouquieria columnaris) native to northern Mexico and found chiefly in Baja California, having a thick tapering columnar trunk, slender spiny branches, and yellow flowers.

[After the Boojum, an imaginary character in the poem The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll.]
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Noun1.boojum tree - candlewood of Mexico and southwestern California having tall columnar stems and bearing honey-scented creamy yellow flowersboojum tree - candlewood of Mexico and southwestern California having tall columnar stems and bearing honey-scented creamy yellow flowers
candlewood - any of several resinous trees or shrubs often burned for light
Fouquieria, genus Fouquieria - resinous succulent trees or shrubs of desert and semidesert regions of southwestern United States that are leafless most of the year
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From the outside, a cream sign emblazoned with the Boojum tree logo is all that distinguishes the place.
border, the Pinacate and Altar Desert Biosphere Reserve, a marvelous volcanic region adjacent to Arizona, and the Canon de Santa Elena in Chihuahua and Maderas del Carmen in Coahuila, both of them in neighboring Texas, ate designated as Flora and Fauna Protection Areas, within interior regions we can find some other examples of protected areas with cacti relevance: the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in Baja California Sur; the Colorado River Delta and Upper Gulf of California; and the Valley of the Cirios, one of the best-conserved natural treasures on Earth (with one of the most fascinating plants in the world, the Cirio or Boojum Tree) in Baja California.
The furry teddy bear of the cholla, the lumbering trunks of the elephant cactus, the towering saguaro, and--most amusing of all-- the sinuous boojum tree, twisting in multiple-jointed acrobatics.