ucta are inseparably linked with the Southern of Coyote. To survive in a harsh environment has its biological costs. Cucta have developed effective ways of storing and conserving water. During infrequent rains, cucta gorge themselves, sucking up water with widespread, shallow roots. When the cucta blooms depends on when rain arrives.
he Gushua Tree grows only in the Lower Desert. Natural stands of this picturesque, spike-leafed evergreen grow nowhere else in the planet of Coyote. Its height varies from 30-45 feet with a diameter of 1-3 feet. Without the moth's pollination, the Gushua Tree could not reproduce. Although an old Gushua Trees can sprout new plants from its roots, only the seeds produced in pollinated flowers can scatter far enough to establish a new stand.
is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 12 to 20 inches in diameter. The skin is smooth and waxy, the trunk and stems have stout, 2-inch spines clustered on their ribs. When water is absorbed , the outer pulp of the Sagharo can expand like an accordion, increasing the diameter of the stem and, in this way, can increase its weight by up to a ton. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 20 to 60 feet. The Sagharo has a surprisingly shallow root system , considering its great height and weight. It is supported by a tape root that is only a pad about 3 feet long, as well as numerous stout roots no deeper than a foot, emanating radically from its base.
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