The Giant Saguaro and it's protections under Arizona Law

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Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon

Yesterday, as my daughter and I hiked Sabino Canyon, it occurred to me, from looking at the many people running, hiking, horseback riding and others just walking their pets, that they do not pay attention to their surroundings. They come and go; taking their surroundings or what they have for granted. My daughter pointed to me the many plants including the dead and asked so many questions that I had to come back and research them in order to give her an answer. She asked particularly about the giant saguaros and why it is criminal to cut them or even up root one to take home for your flower pot/garden. In June and July, the giant saguaro blooms and produces a beautiful white flower; the flower is the Saguaro blossom, Arizona's state flower.  The Saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States and quite an unusual looking desert tree, it is pronounces sah-wah-ro and the plural of cactus is cacti (cac-tie).

Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
The saguaro cactus flower was adopted as Arizon's state flower in the 1930s, it is a rare flower which comes from the dorminant south western desert tree the saguaro. They dorminat the south west and grow in humanlike form, they are a great source of facination for visitors. The saguaro is probably the most photographed tree in the nation. I begam facinated with them when I first came to Arizona more than 6 years ago and continue to be intrigued by them.

The giant saguaro grows only at elevations below 3300 feet, they are only found in the desert of Arizona. Saguaro cacti are extremely susceptible to frost damage due to the fact that they hold high water content and can not survive in locations where frost is a natural occurrence (elevation more than 3300 feet).

Saguaro in Sabino Canyon
The saguaro’s state-wide distribution and specific location within Arizona landscape puts the Saguaros in lower elevations and in areas where frost occurrence is minimal or non existent. The Saguaro is under national protection when it reached 75 years of age and 15 feet tall. The giant saguaro has a life span on 170-200 years and can grow upto 30 feet tall. It stores water in its spines and can store upto a ton; this capacity helps the Saguaro survive and bloom whether it rains or not. For many years, the native Americans used the saguaro flower and seeds as a source of food, in fact the word saguaro is the indian word sah-wah-ro.

To be continued . . .

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Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
Saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon
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Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Giant Saguaro in Saguaro wilderness
Giant Saguaro in Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro cactus
Saguaro cactus
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Giant Saguaros in Saguaro National…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
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Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro National…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
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Dead yet still standing
Dead yet still standing
Dead Saguaro
Dead Saguaro
Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro Cactus
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Giant Saguaro
Giant saguaro cactus
Giant saguaro cactus
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Africancrab and a giant saguaro c…
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
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Saguaro cactus in the Saguaro Wild…
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Saguaro cactus
Saguaro cactus
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Giant Saguaros in Saguaro National…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro National…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro National…
Giant Saguaros in Saguaro Nationa…
Saguaro blossom
Saguaro blossom
Saguaro Blossom
Saguaro Blossom
Saguaro National Park
photo by: Africancrab