cactus as a tree?

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Sat Mar 10 07:45:07 UTC 2012

On 3/10/2012 1:12 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
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> Subject:      cactus as a tree?
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> Even though Tim Egan qualifies it as a description objected to by some,
> I am wondering if there is /anyone/ who would consider a cactus a tree.
> This is not a "technically, tomato is a fruit" issue. So, technically,
> "technically" is also wrong here IMO.
>> The saguaro cactus, with its droopy, anthropomorphic limbs, is the
>> signature tree of the Southwest, though some say it is not technically
>> a tree.
> Is Egan just making this up or am I being uninformed?
>       VS-)

Look through these and tell me what you see.  Saguaro, Cholla, Joshua
(Maybe not).

Any plant bigger than me is a tree.

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