Even Phoenix cacti can’t beat this summer’s record heat

Even Phoenix cacti can’t beat this summer’s record heat

A saguaro cactus stands against the rising sun Monday, February 22, 2016, in the desert north of Phoenix.

A saguaro cactus stands against the rising sun Monday, February 22, 2016, in the desert north of Phoenix.
picture: Charlie Riddell (AP)

Breaking records Heat in Arizona is killing the iconic saguaro cactus in the southwest. Yes, cacti are a desert life and are designed to withstand heat. But there is such a thing as too high temperatures, even for cacti that grow in places where temperatures are high I saw three numbers Temperatures this summer.

Another reason behind their death is the lack of… Rainfall in the southwest, Reuters mentioned. Arizona is supposed to experience a monsoon season every year from June to September. According to To the National Weather Service. Some parts of the country receive it Up to half of them Annual rainfall during this time. This helps cool the territorial cactus and gives it They have enough water to wait out dry spells. But the monsoon period has changed over time, and so is it Leave the saguaro cactus to dry. Kimberly McCuechief science officer at the Desert Botanical Garden He told CNN The combination of low rainfall and high temperature made the cactus “very stressed.”

that Online guide From the Desert Botanical Garden, he explains that the saguaro cactus needs some extra water during drought years. There are clear signs that cactus is not doing well in hot, dry weather. Instead of having tight skin and standing tall, which are signs of a healthy cactus, the saguaro becomes squishy. They lose limbs, begin to bend, and even collapse in extreme conditions, CNN reported.

The Phoenix metropolitan area is experiencing a series of weeks where daytime temperatures have soared above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius), CBS News reports mentioned. High temperatures and lack of rain cause cacti to dry out. This makes them more vulnerable to insects that would do more damage to desert plants.

Climate change has affected other iconic plants in the West. Another-looking Joshua trees that are found throughout California opinion Their age It shrinks over time. State officials moved to permanently protect these trees from climate and human stupidity.

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