By Jaqueline Rinaldini

Tucson- Saguaro Cactus At Sunset

State/Province/Region
AZ
Country
US
Nearest Area
Highway 10
Town
Tucson
Brief Directions

3693 S Old Spanish Trl Tucson, AZ 85730

Notes

The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea Gigantea ) is the state symbol of Arizona, appearing on all car license plates, and provides a universally recognized image of the Southwest. It is the largest and one of the slowest growing of all cacti, reaching up to 15 meters high and living for several centuries. Plants can weigh up to 8 tons, partly because of the large amount of water the stems can hold - after rainfall the cactus can absorb hundreds of gallons in a short time. The saguaro may be only 6 inches high after 10 years, and the characteristic branched appearance is reached only after around 80 years. The cactus is widespread across southern Arizona, extreme southeast California and Sonora, north Mexico.

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Date Added
March 16, 2009
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March 16, 2009

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