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Saguaro Isn’t the Only Type of Cactus Growing in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Isn’t the Only Type of Cactus Growing in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

A Saguaro Cactus is a giant thing of beauty. It towers over the desert landscape of Southern Arizona. It is clear why Teddy Roosevelt set aside this land to eventually become a National Park. I’m glad he had the foresight to preserve this unique plant that can live for hundreds of years.

Even though the Saguaro is clearly the star of the show, they aren’t the only prickly plants growing in this park!

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A Fishhook Barrel Cactus with fruit.

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All cactus fruit is edible, but the fruit of the Barrel Cactus is supposed to taste pretty good.

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From left to right – Staghorn cholla cactus, Engelman’s prickly pear cactus, Fishhook barrel cactus

 

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Teddybear cholla cactus with fruit. This cactus is evil with a cute name. Do not, I repeat do NOT hug.

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A heartshaped Engelman’s prickly pear cactus.

Resources : National Park Service website – Saguaro National Park
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