The Sonoran Desert, in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, is home to the Saguaro Cactus.
The Saguaro Cactus can grow up to 56 feet (17m) tall. This giant cactus can live for as long as 200 years. Its branches sprout when it's 70 years old.
The Saguaro Cactus provides shelter, water, and food to many animals including the monarch butterfly, the elf owl, the cactus wren, and the sidewinder. Some animals including the burrowing owl and the Gila monster, dig burrows in the rocky soil around the Saguaro. The ant lion's pit lies near the Saguaro's base, too. Additionally, some flying creatures live high in the branches of the Saguaro.
The Saguaro survives by storing water inside its stems. These stems have pleats that expand like an accordion. Like other cacti, the Saguaro does not have leaves. Normally, plants use their leaves for photosynthesis, but Saguaros use their stems instead.
The Saguaro Cactus, like other cacti, are one of the most unique and fascinating plants in the world. I hope to see one someday!
[Source: Life in the Desert]