Crested Saguaros

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White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Phoenix, Arizona

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Last visited: March 2014.
Last visited: May 2011.

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Last visited: May 2011.
Last visited: March 2014.

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Last visited: March 2014.
Last visited: March 2014.


Cave Creek Regional Park, Cave Creek, Arizona

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Last visited: June 2009.
Last visited: February 2012.


Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek, Arizona

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Last visited: May 2013.


Cave Creek, Arizona

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Last visited: January 2010.
Last visited: May 2013.

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Last visited: May 2013.
Last visited: June 2013.


Carefree, Arizona

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Transplanted from Sun City November 2011.
Last visited: September 2012.
Gone June 2012.
Transplanted from Sun City January 2013.
Last visited: June 2015.

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Last visited: June 2013.
Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: June 2015.


Desert Foothills Gardens Nursery, Cave Creek, Arizona

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Last visited: February 2012.


Cactus Ranch Nursery, Morristown, Arizona

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Last visited: December 2012.


Saguaro Country Nursery, Surprise, Arizona

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Last visited: March 2011 (now gone).


Sun City, Arizona

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Last visited: March 2011.
Now gone (transplanted to
Carefree January 2013).
Last visited: October 2016.
Last visited: September 2014.

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Last visited: September 2014.


McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Arizona

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Last visited: September 2013.
Last visited: December 2011.

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Last visited: October 2015.
Last visited: October 2015.

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Last visited: October 2015.


McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Last visited: September 2010 (dead and collapsed when revisited in June 2013 -- right photo).
This cristate saguaro was illegally removed from its original location, confiscated from a nursery by the Department of Agriculture, and replanted here in the Preserve.

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Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: December 2011.

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Last visited: May 2012.
Last visited: May 2012.
Last visited: May 2012.

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Last visited: May 2012.
Last visited: November 2015.

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Last visited: September 2015.
Last visited: November 2012.
Last visited: November 2012.

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Last visited: November 2015.
Last visited: December 2013.
Last visited: December 2014.

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Last visited: December 2014.
Last visited: November 2015.
Last visited: November 2015.

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Last visited: September 2015.
Last visited: September 2016.
Last visited: September 2016.


Scottsdale, Arizona

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Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: June 2015.
Last visited: July 2009 (now gone).

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Last visited: April 2010.
Last visited: January 2011.
Last visited: December 2011.

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Last visited: October 2011.
Last visited: August 2013.

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Last visited: December 2013.
Last visited: June 2015.


Wallace Desert Gardens, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Last visited: April 2013.
Last visited: April 2013.

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Last visited: April 2013.
Last visited: April 2013.
Last visited: April 2013.


Fountain Hills, Arizona

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Last visited: May 2015.
First visited: April 2010 (left 2 photos).
Last visited: May 2015 (right photo).


Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: June 2014.


Tonto National Monument, Arizona

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Last visited: November 2013.


Mesa, Arizona

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Last visited: June 2014.
Last visited: August 2016.


Phoenix, Arizona

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Last visited: June 2009.
Last visited: April 2015.
Last visited: September 2014.

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Last visited: September 2014.
Last visited: August 2014.
Last visited: August 2014.

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Last visited: August 2014.
Last visited: June 2011.
Last visited: August 2014.

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Last visited: June 2013.
Last visited: June 2013.
Last visited: August 2014.

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Last visited: September 2014.
Last visited: September 2014.
Last visited: September 2014.

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Last visited: October 2014.
Last visited: November 2011.


Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

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Last visited: March 2009 (now gone).
Last visited: February 2008 (now gone).
This cactus died in December 2009, reportedly from excess rain.
This cactus is also gone, reportedly blown
down by high winds. Last photo shows skeleton
on display in August 2013.

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Last visited: October 2011 (now gone).

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Planted April 2014.
Last visited: August 2014 (gone when revisited May 2015).
Planted May 2015.
Last visited: May 2015.


Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Arizona

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Last visited: July 2011.

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Last visited: July 2011 (left photo pair), July 2013 (right photo pair).


Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona

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Last visited: May 2011.
Last visited: May 2015.
This saguaro has the most "Y" splits (at least 20!) of any I've seen, but the highest tip also exhibits a small crest so I am classifying it as cristate.
Later I found this specimen, which has even more "Y" splits!


Apache Junction, Arizona

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Last visited: November 2013.
Last visited: December 2014.
Last visited: December 2014.


Superstition Mountain Museum, Apache Junction, Arizona

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Last visited: March 2008 (now gone).
Collapsed in storm October 2010.


Queen Valley, Arizona

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Last visited: September 2016.


San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Arizona

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Last visited: August 2008.
Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: December 2011.

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Last visited: December 2011.
Last visited: December 2011.



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