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A palo verde tree grows large in a generally tree-less landscape. Unlike most trees, it has photosynthetic bark. A young saguaro cactus grows in its midst. Trees like this provide nursery sites for saguaros to get their start. A saguaro is usually 70 years old before it gets its first arm.
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Orientation: Landscape
Photographer/Submitter: Michael Lusk
Wilderness: Cabeza Prieta Wilderness
Categories: Plant
Keywords: Desert, Cactus, Plant, Saguaro, Palo verde
Description: There are some trees in the desert, mostly along washes. this is a palo verde, so named for its light green color. unlike most trees, it has photosynthetic bark. also notice the young saguaro cactus growing in its midst. trees like this provide nursery sites for saguaros to get their start. a saguaro is usually 70 years old before it gets its first arm.



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