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Young Saguaro

Carnegiea gigantea

Description:

Several young saguaro growing very close together.

Habitat:

Hills near Gates Pass, Tucson.

Notes:

The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet. The largest plants, with more than 5 arms, are estimated to be 200 years old. An average old Saguaro would have 5 arms and be about 30 feet tall.

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joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Nov 5, 2012
Submitted on Nov 24, 2012

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