Botanical Monday


January 30, 2006


* Cristate Saguaro *

The "cristate", or "crested" saguaro happens when a normal saguaro cactus, for some unknown reason, loses its normally organized growth structure pattern and splits off at the top and spreads out randomly, instead of the normally smooth, rounded top. 
This specimen here is not all that elaborate, but some of them grow out with some very impressive twisted and random spirals.
I do hope, in my adventures, that I will eventually get some pictures of some of the more impressive ones.