Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The Saguaro Cactus

The Saguaro Cactus is the largest cactus in the United States.  Despite great height and weight, the saguaro has a very shallow root system--only 4 to 6 inches deep.  The roots can extend out in a circle as far out from the center as the cactus is wide.  They are found mostly in Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

Height: Can grow to 40-60 ft. tall
Weight when fully hydrated: between 3200-4800 pounds

Conclusion: The Saguaro Cactus weighs more than me.

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