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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?

Javelina

"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are descended from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.