Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

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Lucy_V
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

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Visited Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) park, amazing desert lanscape, magestic saguaros and organ pipe cacti, echinocereus engelmanii in bloom, and many opuntias and cylindropunias.
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Re: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

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I can't believe my stenocereus pruinosus, which starts out looking like an astrophytum, can end up looking like this...amazing@
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Thanks for sharing!
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OPNM is awesome. Did you visit Quitobaquito Spring? I think the barrel cactus is Ferocactus emoryi.
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Thank you, Tumamoc! Yes, I did visit Qiotobaquito Spring, it was amazing to see a clear water pond in the middle of the desert! Had a great time in the park, definitely will return again some day :)
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Amazing stuff, and the landscape is great too. Thank you :thumbright: .
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What a great experience and photos. And the right time to visit with Echinocereus blooming. Don't you enjoy the Armatocereus-like indentations on the stems of the Stenocereus? As I understand it they're constrictions caused by freezing temperatures, but its a wonderful aesthetic that I assume must be somewhat unique to the more northerly populations, especially this one. I hear those that grow in brush much further south actually have a single trunk and don't begin to branch out until they hit the tops of the surrounding vegetation! Enjoyed the saguaro-shiva as well. :lol: Thank you for sharing.
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Well, Arizona is a special place when it comes to cacti in the United States of America. Those huge saguaro cacti never fail to impress! :o
I live in the Chihuahuan Desert and we do have a nice cactus flora. However, our heaviest and tallest native cactus is the Ferocactus wislizenii, which can reach up to 6 feet in height, if I am not mistaken; nothing compared to the towering Carnegiea gigantea of the Sonoran Desert.

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I'm going here soon!
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