Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dead Cactus - Scottsdale, Arizona

In January I had the opportunity to spend three days at the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona near Phoenix.  While golfing with some friends from work I took a minute to look at this dead cactus.  I don't suppose they leave decaying plants very long at a place as posh as the Phoenician but I was really intrigued by the internal structure of the plant.  I think this is a generic saguaro cactus but I would have never expected to see the vertical support structure as separate woody sticks.  This is truly a unique plant that has adapted to live in a harsh, dry environment.

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