(botany) The giant cactus species of the subfamily Cactoideae, so named by the Indians of Arizona and characterized by its height that could reach more than 12.2 m, and arm-like branches (although other forms called spear do not grow arms)
Carnegiea gigantean is a cactus species belonging to the subfamily Cactoideae. It is commonly referred to as the saguaro, sahuaro, or suwarrow. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
Carnegiea gigantean can grow more than 12.2 m in height. The largest known living saguaro is more than 13 m in height and about 3 m in width. It is dubbed as the Champion Saguaro and can be found in Maricopa County, Arizona. Another notable saguaro was the one that lived near Cave Creek, Arizona. It was armless (spear type) reached near 24 m in height before it fell in 1986 due to a windstorm.1 Its flower is white and its fruit is ruby red in colour. The fruit is edible, 6 to 9 cm long, with thousands of seeds, and typically ripen in June.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Caryophyllales
- Family: Cactaceae
- Subfamily: Cactoideae
- Tribe: Pachycereeae
- Genus: Carnegiea [Britton & Rose]
- Species: C. gigantea
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1 United Press International. (Aug. 1986). Windstorm Fells 78-Foot Cactus--Tallest in World. Retrieved from [].