Saguaro

Tallest Cactus

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U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

The saguaro cactus, symbol of the American Southwest, can grow taller than a five-story building.  One record breaking specimen in Arizona reached a height of nearly 60 feet.  A saguaro grows slowly; a ten-year-old plant may be less than 6 inches high.

http://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguaro

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Image courtesy of Joyce Lambert, GVCC.  This shot was actually taken several years ago when Bob and I were shooting in the Saguaro National Park.  We were fascinated by the saguaro, seen only in this desert. I especially like this shot because there are no distracting clouds or mountains in the background. The spring blossoms were a perfect foreground for these giants.