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The saguaro is a large, tree-sized cactus species which can grow to be over 20 meter (70 ft) tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.

Saguaros have a relatively long life span. They take up to 75 years to develop a side arm. The arms are grown to increase the plant's reproductive capacity (more “arms” lead to more flowers and fruit). Some specimens may live for more than 150 years.

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