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59 seconds

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Saguaro Arm Bud 3142

Fifty-nine seconds (thanks, metadata) before I took the photograph of the giant saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, that you saw in the last post, I’d taken a closer picture of the arm bud.

This cactus was growing a few minutes’ walk from the visitor center at Sabino Canyon in northeastern Tucson on October 2, 2014.

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January 15, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Two things

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Sheltered Saguaro with Arm Bud 3143

Here are two things I learned about saguaro cacti, Carnegiea gigantea, when I was in Arizona last fall:

1) Some young saguaros get extra protection from growing in the shelter of a bush or tree. Today’s picture shows an instance of that, even if this saguaro had already grown to a medium size.

2) Some saguaros grow as a single column, while others develop arms that branch off that column. In this photograph, taken at Sabino Canyon in the northeast fringe of Tucson on October 2, 2014, I count six (or possibly seven) well-established arms emerging from near the base of the main column, plus the bud of a new arm about halfway up it.

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January 15, 2015 at 7:49 AM

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