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cactus

A regionally popular short form for
(1) Peyote, or
(2) Mescaline.

cactus

the common name for members of the family Cactaceae, all of which, with one possible exception (Rhipsalis), are native to the continent of America. Most cacti are XEROPHYTES and succulents, found in deserts which have infrequent but heavy rainfall; cacti are absent from deserts with little or no rainfall. Epiphylum species and their relatives are found in rain forests and are chiefly EPIPHYTES. Cacti are distinguished from other succulents by having an areole, a pin-cushion type of structure from which wool, spines, new shoots and flowers develop. Other succulents do not possess an areole even though spines may be present.
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An 85-year study of saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) demography.
The state flower of Arizona, saguaro flowers bloom from end of April to June; blossoms last less than 24 hours.
Sean Meiner, CCM-Honors, Saguaro Correctional Center, Corrections Corporation of America, Eloy, Ariz.
Saguaro National Park lies on the northern edge of this desert.
The primary objective is deterrence, but the chips would also aid in tracking down and identifying stolen saguaros, said Bob Love, chief ranger at southern Arizona's Saguaro National Park.
Gina begins by showing us how to make our kukuipad--harvesting sticks--from saguaro ribs.
Pulling my binoculars to my eyes, I looked directly into the blurry saguaro and leaned ever so slowly to my right.
Martha's delight in nature was legendary--from the annually celebrated laurels of her beloved Accokeek, MD, to the saguaro cactus and blooming desert of her next home in Scottsdale, AZ, to the seals, sea lions and shorebirds she introduced to visitors after she and her husband, Don, "went home" to Pacific Grove, CA.
Yet the harsh terrain of the surrounding Sonoran Desert sustains a remarkable variety of flora and fauna admirably adapted to conditions, such as clusters of towering saguaro cacti that combine defensive hostility with procreative beauty.
The 19-year-old, whose mount, the Richard Lee-trained Saguaro, broke a leg and had to be destroyed, was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.
Roosting in caves and mines during the day, this valuable pollinator sips nectar at night mainly from agave and saguaro cactus flowers while hovering like a hummingbird.