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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

Cacti / Desert Succulents

Saguaro National Park is home to 25 species of cactus ranging from the towering saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) to the tiniest type of cactus in the park, the mammillaria (Mammillaria spp). The most common cacti species at Saguaro National Park and within Tucson, Arizona include:

Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea)

Fishhook barrel cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii)

Staghorn cholla cactus (Opuntia versicolor)

Pinkflower hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus fendleri var. fasciculatus)

Engelman's prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)

Teddybear cholla cactus (Opuntia bigelovii)

Chainfruit (jumping) cholla cactus (Opuntia fulgida)

 

Did You Know?

The forest of the Saguaro Wilderness Area.

Saguaro National Park is more than just a desert park. In fact, the highest point in the eastern district is Mica Mountain at 8,666 ft. There you will find a dense forest of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, alligator-bark juniper, and aspen.