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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 25 01:44 AM

August 25th, 2015: King of the Cacti

Here he is, King of the Cacti.
Look at that crown made of baby Cacti... He could be a Lannister!
Bow before your prickly overlord.

OK I lied, it's not a king, it's just a Crested Saguaro Cactus, but pretty damn impressive, and pretty damn rare.
If I were a Saguaro I'd vote for that succulent, elect him king.

The saguaro cactus is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem about two feet in diameter with several large arms that curve upward in the most distinctive conformation of all Southwestern cacti. But sometimes they produce a fan-shaped form of uncontrolled growth at the tip. These odd growths are referred to as cresting (or cristate), and are very rare occurrences. It is estimated that this condition affects approximately one out of every 200,000 saguaros. Originally, less than 200 of these abnormalities were thought to be in existence. However, more than 2,000 have been discovered so far, and biologists believe that there may be many more.
2000? Well we could have regional primaries, then a general elect... No wait, fights! Yeah, that's the ticket, on pay per view.
Regional battle royals to whittle down the posers, then the winners in February Madness to fill between the superbowl and basketball madness.
Or jousting, on Donkeys with... no, they can't ride. Poop.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Aug 25 03:47 PM

Pretty sure they don't poop, either.

Cactus poop...Sounds like a medical condition. A painful one.

BigV  Tuesday Aug 25 09:37 PM

looks like a mandelbrot cactus

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 25 11:29 PM

Is that a racial slur?

gozar  Wednesday Aug 26 10:42 PM

A docent at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix told a story about one of these crested Saguaros.

One of them was rustled - a hiker noticed it was missing, he'd seen it for years and then it was gone.

Some time later (I can't remember if it was months / years / whatev) the hiker was driving through a neighborhood in suburban Phoenix, and there it was! He alerted someone at a state agency and big trouble ensued.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 26 10:48 PM

Great story, gozar. Each one is an original, easy to identify. After they discovered there are 2000+ of them, those have probably all been photographed.

Gravdigr  Thursday Aug 27 06:07 PM

12 posts in 8 years...Gozar's getting downright blabby...

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