Sahuaro cactus in Arizona

Sahuaro cactus in Arizona

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Caption: Part of a saguaro cactus, Cereus giganteus, from Tucson, Arizona, USA. This species is the best known and the largest of all the cacti, some specimens reaching 15 metres in height. The fleshy body typical of the cactus family, Cactaceae, is in fact an enlarged stem. This is capable of storing large quantities of water, enabling the plant to survive in arid regions. Due to the mucilaginous nature of the cell contents and to the low surface area of these plants, the stored water is lost very slowly.

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Keywords: arid adapted, botany, cactus, cereus, cereus giganteus, nature, plant, sahuaro, succulent, succulent plants, type

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