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Don Fisher sent us these photos of a cactus-on-the-roof situation in Arizona.

Don wrote:

We have all responded to trees on a house but what about a 120-year-old squraio catus? Have we been trained to cut these? What are the hazards?

Well Don, according to Mr. Western himself, Bobby Halton:

Not to be a stickler here but it is a Saguaro cactus not squario cactus ... this is truly a unique plant and is extremely fragile in terms of its ability to withstand cold temperatures. Although I am not exactly sure, I believe the plant dies after exposure to temperatures below 40 degrees for 24 hours or something to that effect. As such, this fall could have been the result of a cold snap. It is a sticky situation. The Saguaro Cactus lives only within the Sonoran Desert of southeastern California, southern Arizona, and northwestern Mexico. In the Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro Cactus can grow in very limited areas below elevations of 3,500 feet. The Saguaro Cactus is protected by the United States government because it was beginning to disappear from the landscape. There is a national park to protect the Saguaro Cactus. The name of the park is Saguaro National Park.

Now, I'm just a Jersey guy myself, so I don't know anything about these things. So who's right?


posted by Peter Prochilo
9/20/2007 01:35:00 PM

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