Virtually every mature saguaro bears 'scars' of some environmental insults or attacks. They're kind of the cactus equivalent of wrinkles, I guess.
Ponce de Leon Drive, Catalina foothills, Tucson, Arizona
December 20, 2012 (morning) - arctangent's Photos
The saguaro cactus, or giant saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, is one of the iconic species of the Sonoran desert. They once grew in great forests throughout the region of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Now they are found mainly in small pockets of preserved park lands and national forests, and as individual plants in people's yards, or in botanical gardens. In this gallery I'll try to illustrate as well as describe some of the unique features of this amazing plant.