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Thursday, December 19, 2013


I was fascinated by the differences in the looks of saguaro as young plants to those wearing a large number of years. This one seems a bit worn, holes making me think it may have served as a home for a woodpecker.

According to The Saguaro Cactus fact sheet on The Saguaro National Park web site:

An adult saguaro is generally considered to be about 125 years of age. It may weigh 6 tons or more and be as tall as 50 feet. The average life span of a saguaro is probably 150 - 175 years of age. However, biologists believe that some plants may live over 200 years."

aged saguaro