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The saguaro cactuses and desert flowers welcome the rain, as does the animal life.
Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, paloverde, creosote and saguaro.
Sonoran Desert Established Jan. 17, 2001: The saguaro cactus is the iconic symbol of the Sonoran Desert and the monument is a place to see extensive forests of the classic cactus.
Bike or hike along 182 miles of trails studded with the Mutt (saguaro) and Jeff (barrel) of cactuses.
Sand and saguaro, coyote and stone, have as much or more claim on her empathy as any man or woman.
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Did You Know?
Venture into the Arizonan desert on a May or June morning and you may see the saguaro in bloom. For many of our readers (such as those living in Arizona and southeastern California), this sight - and the word saguaro - won't be anything new. Or perhaps you know this emblem of all things Southwestern simply as the "giant cactus." The word saguaro originated in Ópata, a language spoken by peoples of the Sonoran Desert region of Mexico. It came into English by way of the Spanish spoken by the Mexican settlers of the American West. The very saguaros we see today may well have been around when the word was first noted, some 150 years ago - this amazing cactus can live for up to 200 years.
Origin and Etymology of saguaro
First Known Use: 1856See Words from the same year
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