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Sonoran Desert Plants
Carnegia gigantea (Saguaro, Sahuaro, Giant Cactus)

Ajo Peak at Night

 

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

Habitat: bajadas, rocky slopes
Life Form: cactus,tall columnar
Leaf Description: leafless
Pollinator: bats, insects
Flower Color: white or whitish
Flowering Period: May to June,
Spines: short straight spines
Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)
Abundance: abundant,widespread

Saguaro attracts many desert animals with its delicious red fruit, nectar and seeds. The seeds are rich in gamma-3 fatty acids and the sweet fruits are rich in vitamin C, flavonoids and minerals. Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and M.A. Baker. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 7. Eudicots: Cactaceae - Cactus Family. Phytoneuron 2014-69, 1-95 page 8 (13.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Carnegia gigantea (opens in a new tab).

 

 

 

 

 

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