Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
The Lush Sonoran Desert Borderlands of Arizona
More Green Than the Word Desert Evokes For This New Englander
“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a showcase for the Sonoran Desert and its many plants and animals.
Desert dwellers here must live in extreme temperatures, intense sun, and little rainfall.
Cacti are the most recognizable plants ; 28 cactus species live here, including Saguaro and Organ Pipe.”
“The Organ Pipe is a large cactus rarely found in the Unities States, although it is common in Mexico.
The Monument protects the bulk of its US range. “
GPO.2018-403.332/82022Organ Pipe Cactus may live 150 years.
Average height at maturity is 15 feet.
An Organ Pipe Cactus produces its first flowers at around 35 years.
The bat pollinated flowers blossom at night and are closed by mid-morning the next day.