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Young Saguaro-2


Arborescent means “tree-like.”  It’s a means of classifying cactus species.

The saguaro takes a long time to develop arms (cactus branches), and not all of them do.  Arms may not start to form for as long as 50-100 years, and not until a saguaro is about 12 feet tall.  A saguaro may live 150-200 years, maybe more.

This saguaro has recently begun to sprout arms, which makes it an adolescent in “cactus time.”

Hence, an arborescent adolescent!



  1. Nice! Thank you

    Sent from my iPad

    • Thanks Linda. 🙂

      The saguaros are so much fun to shoot. So many different personalities. Like people…

      RPRT Photo

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