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This is a saguaro cactus which is common throughout the American south west. In the background is the Spanish styled San Xavier Mission, built in the 18th century, (1783-1797) when this area of Arizona was still part of Mexico.

http://www.sanxaviermission.org/

http://www.sanxaviermission.org/History.html

"The saguaro, pronounced /səˈwɑroʊ/, (Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and an extremely small area of California. The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona.

The common name saguaro came into the English language through the Spanish language and ultimately from the language of the Tohono O'odham native American nation."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguaro

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