Tammy Espino 5/11/2012 11:04:29 AM

The night blooming white and yellow flowers appear April through June and the sweet, ruby-colored fruit matures by late June. Saguaro flowers are self incompatible thus require cross pollination. Large quantities of pollen are required for complete pollination as there are numerous ovules. A well-pollinated fruit will contain several thousand tiny seeds.

The major pollinators are bats, primarily the lesser long-nosed bat, feeding on the nectar from the night-blooming flowers, which often remain open in the morning. There are a number of floral characteristics geared toward bat pollination: nocturnal opening of the flowers, nocturnal maturation of pollen, very rich nectar, position high above the ground, durable blooms that can withstand a bat's weight, and fragrance emitted at night. One additional piece of evidence is that the amino acids in the pollen appear to help sustain lactation in bats. The flowers remain open into the daylight hours and continue to produce nectar after sunrise. Doves and bees appear to be the primary daytime pollinators

John Connolly 5/11/2012 2:08:37 PM

What a superb capture of this wonderful flower Tammy! Your information is amazing, you did a fantastic job with this one! #10133939

Julianne Bradford 5/11/2012 2:23:55 PM

WOW!! What a beauty Tammy!! #10133977

Patrick Rouzes 5/11/2012 4:38:11 PM

The tones, textures, detail, clarity, focus & close up are spectacular, Tammy! Fascinating info on this beautiful image & flower! #10134217

Robert R. Goodman 5/11/2012 6:25:52 PM

A couple more facts,they need a host plant for the first five years of their lives.In their lifetime they will produce a million seed and only one will suvive.Hi Tammy,Beautiful capture Buddy.!!!!!! #10134336

Gina Cormier 5/11/2012 6:25:58 PM

Beautiful Vegas!!!!!!!!! Such detail!!! #10134337

Roxanne M. Bubar 5/11/2012 7:16:10 PM

Outstanding and beautiful. #10134378

Reynaldo D. Reyes 5/11/2012 7:37:51 PM

I've always seen these big cactus trees towards Palmdale on route to Vegas. I didn't realize they had flowers, great shot here Tammy and wonderful info you've included. #10134405

Tammy M. Anderson 5/11/2012 8:07:22 PM

Such a beautiful and interesting cactus, Tammy. #10134429

Val Feldman 5/11/2012 9:49:19 PM

Rules are made to be broken...but some cautionary discretion ain't a bad idea sayeth Mother Feldman! :) Glad you made the climb, tho, Vegas - this beautiful flower is incredibly detailed, with great light and color - worth every rule broken on second thought! :) (Superb info also!) #10134467

Lorraine A. Cook 5/12/2012 5:25:14 AM

What a BEAUTY! I am glad you are OK!

Be careful out there, Tammy!!!

Night bloomer...does this mean the flowers open at the first sign of dusk??? How long does each flower last...a day or several days, My Friend??? #10134614

Nancy L. Green 5/12/2012 8:25:51 AM

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Tammy, you lighting and detail are exquisite, I love everything about this wonderful image!!! <>< #10134740

Tiia Vissak 5/12/2012 10:39:01 AM

a cool floral! #10134827

Kay E. Mahoney 5/12/2012 6:04:07 PM

Beautiful flower Tammy. Loved the information. #10135034

Terry Cervi 5/12/2012 8:21:32 PM

Looks like it was worth the climb, Tammy! This is just gorgeous and your info is interesting too!! All around super work! #10135202

Laura E. Swan 5/12/2012 8:35:38 PM

Whoa! This is amazing! Such beauty!!! I love it Tam-tam!

Loo-loo!!! #10135227

Ellen Hodges 5/12/2012 8:58:02 PM

Awesome in every way, Tammy! The detail is gorgeous, girl!! #10135251

Liz blahh 5/12/2012 9:08:57 PM

Ditto, awesome! #10135267

frank w. degenhardt 5/13/2012 5:31:10 AM

As always CIty, I find as much pleasure in reading all about your subject as I do in seeing the beauty you capture. Absolutely gorgeous girl. I dont get the chance to see the cattus boom often, so for me its a treat. Incredible in all phases that make a picture stand out dear friend. Have a wonderfull day and be you. #10135492

Mitch Spence 5/13/2012 10:40:47 AM

Beautiful bloom, Tammy. That climb sounds a little dangerous to me. #10135703

Barbara Waldoch 5/13/2012 5:32:45 PM

WHat a cool looking flower and capture, Tammy! #10135977

Douglas Perry 5/13/2012 6:05:12 PM

Fantastic flower. Great info! #10135997

Carol L. Fowler 5/13/2012 8:54:16 PM

What an incredible-looking flower!! #10136130

Sabrina Ryan 5/14/2012 6:57:27 AM

Beautiful capture and description, Tammy! #10136482

Wm Nosal 5/14/2012 8:30:09 AM

Beautiful Image, Tammy! #10136625

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 5/14/2012 5:01:57 PM

OH MY OH MY OH MY...MAGNIFICENT, Vegas! k #10137288

Dianne 5/14/2012 9:53:04 PM

Beautiful capture Tammy! The climb was well worth it! :) #10137582

Leslie McLain 5/15/2012 5:06:46 PM

Amazing capture, Tammy. #10138454

Karen Slagle 5/15/2012 5:30:49 PM

Looks like a sticky situation, Tammy. A most excellent capture full of details. #10138462

Stefania Barbier 5/16/2012 4:21:31 AM

wonderful close up capture! #10138882

Stefania Barbier 5/16/2012 4:26:20 AM

sorry, previous comment it was me with wrong login :0)) #10138895

Nancyj E. Hovey 5/16/2012 7:12:07 PM

WOW, this flower is gorgeous! I don't think I have ever seen one! Perfect presentation! 8o) #10139805

Heather Loewenhardt 5/18/2012 6:46:48 PM

Wow big and beautiful. What a lovely capture. #10141868

Boyd L. Alexander 5/22/2012 7:32:27 AM

The climb was worth it for sure Tammy! This macro is it!!! #10145730

Patricia A. Casey 5/25/2012 9:01:03 AM

Wonderful capture, Tammy..... #10149557

Wm Nosal 7/30/2012 12:03:23 PM

Congratulations, Tammy! #10250611

Tammy Espino 7/30/2012 1:50:23 PM

Thank you everyone!! :) #10251180

Tammy M. Anderson 7/30/2012 2:05:40 PM

Congrats again, Tammy. #10251340

Dianne 7/30/2012 2:40:35 PM

Congrats on your great finalist, Tammy!! #10251724

Robert R. Goodman 7/30/2012 3:11:39 PM

Hi Tammy,WTG my friend.Congratulations on this beautiful finalist.LOL!!Cool cactus,never seen one before!!!! #10251926

Stefania Barbier 7/30/2012 3:33:57 PM

Congratulations! #10252029

Kathy Salerni 7/30/2012 3:35:49 PM

Huge congrats on Another wonderful Finalist, Tammy! Best of luck in the next round! #10252041

Leslie McLain 7/30/2012 3:51:23 PM

Congrats on a stunning finalist, Tammy. #10252162

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/30/2012 6:44:56 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Tammy! Totally gorgeous...

jo ann c.


Laura E. Swan 7/30/2012 8:56:32 PM

I Always loved this one! :D WTG Girly!

-LooLoo #10253620

Colette Ms Messinger 7/30/2012 11:54:08 PM

Fab Tammy just love it, well done again x #10253849

Ellen Hodges 7/31/2012 4:15:57 AM

Huge congrats and very best luck with this beauty, Tammy!!! #10254148

Val Feldman 7/31/2012 6:18:02 AM

Hey, Tammy! CONGRATS!! #10254369

Julianne Bradford 7/31/2012 8:29:20 AM

Whoo could they miss this?? Congrats Tammy! #10254713

Patrick Rouzes 7/31/2012 8:41:35 AM

Thought we would see this beauty again, Tammy CONGRATS & good luck, my friend!

Christopher Budny 7/31/2012 10:15:02 AM

Great closeup; love the details in the petals and stamens(?) Congratulations! #10255107

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 8/8/2012 8:47:30 PM

Congratulations girl, I love this one, beautiful!!!

(shaking finger at you ) LOLOL #10268351

Nancy L. Green 10/31/2012 9:14:02 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Tammy on this wonderful finalist, WTG!! <>< #10397300

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The saguaro ( /səˈwɑroʊ/; scientific name Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 50 feet tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.
I had to do some climbing to get near the top of this one .My bad going where it says not to!

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/500 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 80, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 7.40 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot G9

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