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Seen here in 1991, this Saguaro cacti had survived in southern Arizona for
about 300 years, TWICE as long as the average Saguaro.
Affectionately known as "Old Grandaddy," this Saguaro slowly began to rot away (in 1992) from a disease known as bacterial necrosis, which is the cacti-equivalent of extreme old age.
In its heyday, Old Grandaddy was the oldest, biggest and most thickly limbed saguaro cacti in the United States.
Just before its death, when the tallest of its 52 arms toppled over and got
stuck between two other arms, Old Grandaddy was 40 feet tall, and weighed
approximately 3 tons.
Seen in the background rising above the two people, 8,482' Rincon Peak has a clean prominence of 2,282 feet, and stands as a monument to the passing of time.
Photo credited to David Elms of Arizona Highways (1991)