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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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The general shape of the growth-height functions observed at Tumamoc Hill resembles the one for Saguaro National Park East (SNPE) in Tucson, Arizona, generated by a curve-fitting approach (Hastings and Alcorn 1961), but differs from the one for SNPE generated by a least-squares approach (Steenbergh and Lowe 1983).
The saguaro flowers are opening and sending out their perfume.
The state flower of Arizona, saguaro flowers bloom from end of April to June; blossoms last less than 24 hours.
Saguaro Ranch is located in the breathtaking Tortolita Mountains, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Tucson.
A scientist inferring the health of a saguaro population just from data during his or her lifetime would have been misled, they say.
That's great for the cactuses, because they need pollen from other saguaros to make seeds.
The students proposed that a bill be introduced in the Legislature that would make it a crime to take or move a saguaro without permission from a landowner, move a saguaro without taking precautions to prevent its death or move or destroy a saguaro in national habitat preservation areas.
Accidents Waiting to Happen," page 20, implies that Saguaro National Park is on the outskirts of Phoenix; Tucson is the nearest city.
The 2002 National Register of Big Trees lists no fewer than six national co-champion saguaro cacti, but three guys in Arizona say they've found one that'll best 'em all.
Lower Sonoran Zone As you near the bottom of the canyon (especially at the western end), you enter a desert landscape where scorpions and rattlesnakes lurk and owls perch atop tall Saguaro cacti.
Kevin Morgan made it three wins from his last three runners when Saguaro, partnered by Paul Quinn, took the seven-furlong handicap from Bollin Roberta.