National Geographic : 1934 Dec
Photograph by Dr. Karel Domin HUGE CACTI ADD A BIZARRE TOUCH TO ST. KITTS SCENERY Such growths are commonly associated in the popular mind with deserts, but they are to be found in wet lands, too. They are sometimes used for fences, and when their huge white blooms open on moonlight nights they make an unforgettable sight. Some regions in Jamaica are literally infested with this giant, which has become a weed. Photograph by P.H. Dorsett HACKINGDOWN A100-POUND CLUSTER Perched on a dead leafofthe Mauritia palm, 50feet upinavast tropical swamp, a native swings hismachete until themahogany-colored fruit plunges into the shallow water. Small palms from theseeds gathered near George town, British Guiana, aregrowing insouth Florida, but whether they can adapt themselves to the alkaline conditions oftheEverglades isaquestion.