Morphologic nomenclature

Darren Abbey darren_a at
Sun Oct 26 16:36:08 EST 1997

Cameron Laird wrote:
> What are the "arms" of a saguaro?  Is there a
> rubric--something like "brachiocarp", perhaps?--
> for such structures?
> --
> Cameron Laird 
> claird at      +1 713 996 8546 FAX

	Last time I was in the Sonoran (or was that Chihuahuan?) desert area
where the saguaro grow I heard the term saguaro "arms" to mean the
branches that grow from the main trunk in the older specimens.   I seem
to recall that the arms don't begin to form until the plants are about
75 years old, is this correct?

Hope this was helpful...

- Darren Abbey

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