National Geographic : 1945 Dec
Saguaro, King of the Arizona Desert SInational ueograpnic society Kodachrome by Jack Breed Living Monoliths, Monarchs of the Arizona Desert, Mark a Lonely Road Near Tucson No Arizona press agent's brain storm, the saguaro cactus-trademark of the deep Southwest-lives a normal plant life in an abnormal form. It flowers, bears fruit, and produces seeds. A grotesque forest of these mammoth, misshapen plants is preserved in Saguaro National Monument, part of southern Arizona's colorful, bizarre desertland. Because the wood shows no rings, it is difficult to determine the exact age of a specimen, but some of the largest may have been growing 200 years.