To see the Saguaro cactus spines from an earlier photo I posted,
click here. Tomorrow's photo will show you what the inside of a Saguaro looks like and how it is used.
Saguaros are like big trees and they can have many arms like the one in the photo. It takes about 75 years to grow one side arm. Saguaros can live up to about 150 years. They are protected by state law, but we still have poachers and others who do them harm. Saguaros can grow to 45 feet (13.7 meters) in height, and weigh 100 pounds (45 kg) per foot (.3 meters) of height
Saguaros grow in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico. They are not found in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, or Colorado, even though marketing folks use the Saguaro for brands in those Western states. The name Saguaro is a Spanish language adaptation of the word that the Tohono O'odham used to identify the cactus.
The Saguaro flower is Arizona's state flower and blooms in April through June. The large flowers are white and open at night, which means bats are the pollinator.
The Saguaro fruit is large, ruby in color and juicy. The fruit is sweet and when it is dried, it can be chewed like candy or cooked into a syrup. The seeds from the fruit can be used in cooking, such as like poppy seeds. There are over 2,000 seeds in one fruit. The Native Americans have harvested this fruit for thousands of years.