Windstorm Fells 78-Foot Cactus--Tallest in World

United Press International

The world’s tallest cactus, a 78-foot armless saguaro, toppled during a windstorm and died, a former forest ranger says.

“It was a beauty all right, but now she’s gone,” said Frank Casanova, a former ranger with the U.S. Forest Service.

The giant plant, estimated to be about 150 years old, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest cactus in the world.

“It was so big, I suppose the wind finally took it,” Casanova said Wednesday.