The Organ Pipe Cactus

Distinguished by its slender vertical branches, which resemble the tubes of a pipe organ, and growing to the imposing height of 15 to than 30 feet, it s obvious how the organ pipe cactus got its name In the United States, these spectacular and intriguing plants are found exclusively in a small area of the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern corner of Arizona With a lDistinguished by its slender vertical branches, which resemble the tubes of a pipe organ, and growing to the imposing height of 15 to than 30 feet, it s obvious how the organ pipe cactus got its name In the United States, these spectacular and intriguing plants are found exclusively in a small area of the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern corner of Arizona With a landscape marked by sharp, rocky slopes and daytime highs in the summer reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit, the region is inhospitable for most ordinary life, whether plant or animal But the organ pipe cactus is far from ordinary Although it is the most common columnar cactus, it is so unusual in the United States that it is only one of three cacti to have a national preserve established to protect it In this regard, it joins a select group of plants including Joshua trees, redwoods, and sequoias upon which that honor has been conferred In this beautifully illustrated, large format book, David Yetman provides an in depth and comprehensive look at these intriguing and picturesque plants that most Americans will never have the opportunity to see Chapters explore their ethnobotanical uses, their habitat, their distribution, and special conditions required for their germination, establishment, growth, and survival Yetman also places the organ pipe in perspective as a member of a genus with at least twenty three species, ranging from the prostrate Stenocereus eruca of Baja California to the 50 foot high giant S chacalapensis of the coast of Oaxaca.
The Organ Pipe Cactus Distinguished by its slender vertical branches which resemble the tubes of a pipe organ and growing to the imposing height of to than feet it s obvious how the organ pipe cactus got its name

  • Title: The Organ Pipe Cactus
  • Author: David Yetman
  • ISBN: 9780816525416
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. After living in Arizona for over a decade I've always had interest in visiting the National Monument that is named after this certain cactus on the border of Mexico in the southern part of the state. Knowing pretty much nothing on the plant I think I learned everything I could possibly ever want to know on the Organ Pipe or pitayas as our friends in Mexico call them from this book. The pictures were a little disappointing considering the beauty that is provided from the sonoran desert landscape [...]

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