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Carnegiea

Subfamily: Cactoideae Tribe: Pachycereeae


Carnegiea gigantea or "saguaro" is an arborescent (tree-like) cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow over 20 m (70 ft) tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican State of Sonora, the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. Its scientific name is given in honor of Andrew Carnegie. The common name "saguaro" came into the English language through the Spanish language, originating in the Mayo language.

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