priscillawoolworthThe Saguaro Cactus🌵
The saguaro is a long-lived cactus, that is protected by the Native Plant Protection Act, making it illegal for anyone to remove plants without a permit from the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
Saguaro are host to the gilded flicker and Gila woodpecker, which excavate nest cavities inside the saguaro's pulpy flesh. When a woodpecker abandons a cavity, elf owls (unbelievably cute), screech owls, purple martins, finches and sparrows may move in.
Saguaro also provide a valuable source of food for animals from nectar and pollen for bats that in turn pollinate the flowers to the ripening fruit that provides moisture and an energy-rich food for birds, bats, mammals, reptiles and insects. Jackrabbits, mule deer and bighorn sheep also eat the young saguaro' flesh when other water sources are not available.
Photo by PW
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