More Saguaro Cactus of the Sonoran Desert

Come fly with me around an area of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona, filled with Saguaro cactus…..

Here is more Saguaro cactus of the Sonoran Desert from my regular non-flying camera. In taking and reviewing these images, I inevitably find some that appear, to me, better having been filtered through a paint program, which provides a kind of surreal ‘flavor’ to the pictures. The Sonoron desert can be rather surreal and magical at times. These images in this post have all been so filtered.

Here are some more facts about the Saguaro….

The Saguaro Cactus is an incredible plant that has illustrated the abilities of evolution over the years of it’s existence. This page will give you a very basic overview of how the Saguaro Cactus lives, survives and grows in an environment that renders zero resources for survival.
more Saguaro Cactus of the Sonoran Desert
 
WHO AM I?
The Saguaro cactus is a large tree sized cactus that lives in the desert. Its defensive mechanisms can be considered both passive and aggressive. The aggressive mechanism is the countless amount of pointy spines all along the surface of the cactus.  The passive mechanism would be the fact that these cacti grow flowers at the base, or on their arms that provide seeds for the growing of the next generation of cacti.
 
WHERE DO I LIVE?
The Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora and Baja California in the San Felipe Desert. These cacti thrive in this environment being able to live off pretty much intolerable amounts of water. Normal plants are unable to survive in this same environment which is why you only see cacti like the Saguaro Cactus. 
 
WHAT DO I EAT?
The Saguaro leads a very dependent life, where it’s environment determines how the cactus will grow. Cacti in Tucson grow twice as fast as those in the drier western portion of Arizona. These cacti rely heavily on precipitation which determines the rate of growth for each cactus. The more water a cacti has, the more it will grow; which is why drier deserts produce less developed cacti, as opposed to wetter deserts producing more developed cacti.
 
HOW DO I LOOK?
I am tall and green with large spines, kind of like giant fingerprints all along my body. On these spines I have needles all along each spine. I also have many arms which help me to reproduce by giving me the ability to grow more flowers for reproduction.
 
HOW DO I REPRODUCE?
Some Saguaros can live up to 150 years, while it takes about 75 years just to grow a side arm. These arms are grown as an evolutionary mechanism to increase the plant’s reproductive capacity. The Saguaro cactus is the type of plant that requires cross pollination in order to reproduce. Saguaros can produce up to 40,000 seeds in their lifetime, but only one seed will live long enough to produce a new cactus; this is due to predation, drought and temperature extremes. Saguaros take very long to grow, where a 10 year old Saguaro can be as tall as 2 inches. The most known form of reproduction of plants refers to bees extracting nectar moving from flower to flower. As they collect nectar the sticky pollen attaches to the bees, then they go to the next flower and smear the pollen all over that flower as they are collecting the nectar. But for Saguaros, this pollination occurs at night, and instead of bees, its bats. Although doves and bees are seen doing most of the daytime pollination, bats do all of the night time and morning time pollination.

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