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Saguaro National Park
When you think of Arizona normally the statuesque Saguaro Cactus usually comes to mind. It stands tall as an iconic
symbol of Arizona.
The Saguaro is the largest and one of the slowest growing of all cacti, reaching up to 15
meters high and living for several centuries. Plants can weigh up to 8 tons,
partly because of the large amount of water the stems can hold - after rainfall
the cactus can absorb hundreds of gallons in a short time. The saguaro may be
only 6 inches high after 10 years, and the characteristic branched appearance is
reached only after around 80 years.
East of Tucson lies the
The Saguaro National Park
, which preserves a huge variety of other cacti
and desert plants, plus much interesting wildlife.